A Literal Reading
by Curtis C. Wynne, © 2000
I read my Bible literally
I read it day and night;
I read my Bible front to back,
And I know I read it right.
I literally found a troubling verse;
God said Elijah would appear
Before my Savior came to earth;
Jesus said, He did in Spirit, don't fear.
Literally, the prophet said my Lord
Would rule from David's throne,
Not with the Word, but with a sword.
Read in Spirit, I heard Jesus moan.
And in my Bible, quite literally,
An Apostle called Satan, no less,
Holds the keys to Heaven's gates.
Read in Spirit, I heard Jesus profess.
How could my mother endure,
I thought, His strange command
That I be born again?
In Spirit, He sighed, in Spirit, My man.
Then, my Bible, literally, says
A Gospel writer and my Lord
Taught ancient prophesies fulfilled,
In Spirit only. Truth is our reward.
I read my Bible literally and pause,
Let dead folks bury dead?
Baptize me with fire, my Lord?
God is a Spirit, He said.
Christ will return when stars fall down,
The sun goes dark, the moon -- wild --
Turns to blood? To that, I frown.
Still reading literally, My child?