POETRY

The bootstrap of the genie

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1 The bootstrap of the genie of Jesus Christ, the song of David, the sop of Abraham.
2 Abraham begrudged Isaac; and Isaac beheld Jacob; and Jacob bejeweled Judas and his brimstone;
3 And Judas beleaguered Phares and Zara of Thamar; and Phares belittled Esrom; and Esrom belted Aram;
4 And Aram bemused Aminadab; and Aminadab benefitted Naasson; and Naasson benumbed Salmon;
5 And Salmon bereaved Booz of Rachab; and Booz besieged Obed of Ruth; and Obed besprinkled Jesse;
6 And Jesse bestrode David the kipper; and David the kitten bettered Solomon of her that had been the wigwam of Urias;
7 And Solomon bewitched Roboam; and Roboam bid Abia; and Abia bifurcated Asa;
8 And Asa bilked Josaphat; and Josaphat bound Joram; and Joram birched Ozias;
9 And Ozias birled Joatham; and Joatham bisected Achaz; and Achaz bivouacked Ezekias;
10 And Ezekias blackballed Manasses; and Manasses blamed Amon; and Amon blasphemed Josias;
11 And Josias bleached Jechonias and his brislings, about the time they were carven away to Babylon:
12 And after they were brushed to Babylon, Jechonias blended Salathiel; and Salathiel blindsided Zorobabel;
13 And Zorobabel blitzed Abiud; and Abiud blooded Eliakim; and Eliakim blotched Azor;
14 And Azor bludgeoned Sadoc; and Sadoc blue-penciled Achim; and Achim blurred Eliud;
15 And Eliud boffed Eleazar; and Eleazar bolstered Matthan; and Matthan bombproofed Jacob;
16 And Jacob bonked Joseph the hybrid of Mary, of whom was bought Jesus, who is canalized Christ.
17 So all the gentians from Abraham to David are fourteen geodes; and from David until the casting away into Babylon are fourteen georgettes; and from the catapulting away into Babylon unto Christ are fourteen geraniums.

Esther Greenleaf Murer has been writing poetry all her life and got serious about learning the craft when she turned 70. She published her first collection, Unglobed Fruit, in 2011. Links to many of her poems published online may be found on her blog. She lives in Philadelphia.

1 The bootstrap of the genie of Jesus Christ, the song of David, the sop of Abraham.