Sophisticated Franky

 
The truths that Scripture may indeed contain
Are not the truths we thought were shining there.
Sophisticated Franky will explain:
 
He’s mulled it over in his giant brain
And become of the problem well aware.
“The truths that Scripture may indeed contain
 
Need to be filtered, well, like gathered rain.
My brilliant filter I propose to share.
Sophisticated Franky will explain
 
How daddy’s views can only end in pain.
Absolute truths our nerves can never bear.
The truths that Scripture may indeed contain
 
We try to hold — but effort is in vain!
Better just to inhale them with the air!”
Sophisticated Franky will explain
 
Till absolutely nothing dares remain.
Then he’ll bow to the void.  “I think.  I care.”
The truths that Scripture may indeed contain
Sophisticated Franky will explain.
 




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Tom Riley has pub­lished well over 700 poems in venues rang­ing from The Lyric to Light to Angli­can The­o­log­i­cal Review. He teaches Clas­si­cal lan­guages and Eng­lish lit­er­a­ture in Napa, California.