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Escape

Charlotte Otten

1 Samuel 19: 9-10


Still clutching his harp, breathless,
he runs from the depth of the palace,
where a javelin pins to the wall
a curl of his quivering red hair.

A full moon drifts over the stream,
sending a light through thick trees,
an owl pulses vibrato,
slices the light with dark tones.

Young David leaps over a rock,
his life has lost its sweet pitch.
Giant-killer, hero, musician,
he escapes from the smile of a king

whose soul is the color of night.

 
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