patched with brief colours of brighter cloth—
wandering in the desert,
under judges and
the tragedy of kings:
Saul's madness, David's lechery,
and all his wives,
and after them
the slow descent into apostasy,
kept off by alliances
if it seems familiar it is because it is
own story, the tale of
sacrificed to the idols of our selves.
Saul’s madness cf 1 Samuel 16:14.
David’s lechery cf 2 Samuel 11:2-4.
Solomon and all his wives cf 1 Kings 10:3.