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Poetry by J.S. Allen: THE OLD MAN and the VIRGIN

Updated on November 16, 2008

From "Sirens of Circumstance" One Man's Poetic Revelations of how Circumstances Altered the Course of His Life


The Old Man and the Virgin


Abishag the Shumanite

It seems like yesterday.

So unbridled was the way

I left and danced before the Lord,

Naked even to my sword.

Shouting to the trumpet's sounds

We brought the Ark into the grounds

Of my city. Michael sorely chastised me

For uncovering myself for the maidens to see.

It was before the Lord and all His house.

Therefore did I before the Lord carouse.

No one there cared what I wore

When Goliath's skull I stoned to gore.

He fell at once, as did the lion,

And hosts opposed to the God of Zion.

I remember well and am ashamed to tell

What mischief roof to roof befell.

Devoted Uriah, Bathsheba's mate,

I had killed in battle. (I couldn't wait.)

The Karmic debt was therefore made;

God's ire was instantly displayed.

Seven days from birth my child was dead

I lived my life in kingly dread.

Soon Bathsheba bathed in court intrigues.

Absolom and Adonijah fell as Solomon succeeds.

Bathsheba slew the surviving males

From my loins leaving their mother's wails

To fill my nights. Thus do the scales of

Royal justice right themselves.

But now, in my cold and shivering final years,

God's clarion call beckons and allays my fears.

I tried my best to serve in holy ways.

Too often, stumbling humanness defined my days.

Now all has passed me by, leaving me thus to freeze,

For days I prayed, I begged for more blankets than these,

Of something warm, comforting, providing heat.

Surprised I was when servants kind placed at my feet

A nubile, young virgin of stunning grace,

Rippling flowing saffroned locks embraced her face,

A body proud; of demeanor regal (and most rare).

When called forth to serve, immediately there.

Of deportment, queenly fit, and efforts loyal,

No one dare question her origin royal.

Her eyes were a piercing blue set in two cups of cream.

Her teeth from Egyptian ivory spoke like smiling beams

Of purest light - floating as an angel in joyous play.

Never have I sped nor sensed a being made that way.

Sure of herself she was. All battles set by her

In fields she knew where well she sallied forth. "Sir,"

She would say in a satined whisper, "Your warmth is here."

But the twinkle in her eye revealed a joust was near.

Combat with her was a summons to duel.

When challenged her spirit shown like a jewel.

Never did I know her but she always was hot

In continued conversations about what I was and was not.

I should have made the one

Who gave this sweet child to me the crown of Solomon.

I write this from my soul beyond eternity

I did not die but came alive in her caring company.

copyright 2008 J.S. Allen

published by Earth Angel

Author's note about the poem "Abishag the Shumanite"

I King 1:1 through 4 (Scofield Reference Bible) "Now King David was old and stricken in years; and they covered him with clothes, but he got no heat wherefore his servants said unto him, ‘ Let there be sought for my Lord the King a young virgin: and let her stand before the King, and let her cherish him, and let her lie in thy bed so that my Lord the King may get heat.'

So they sought for a fair damsel throughout all the coasts of Israel, and found Abishag a Shumanite, and brought her to the King. And the damsel was very fair, and cherished the King and ministered to him: but the King knew her not."


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    Earth Angel 

    7 years ago

    Thank you again so much Scarface1300! I know J.S. Allen will really appreciate your votes of confidence! He does write deeply; this is based on sacred scripture about an ailing old man and a young virgin brought in to keep him warm and their special, but in no way sexual, relationship! Blessings Always, Earth Angel!

  • Scarface1300 profile image


    7 years ago

    I think I shall have to return a few times to re-read this poem.. I enjoyed it but it is very deep. So I will need to return. But a very enjoyable read neverless. Thank you and J S Allen for this most enjoyable hub..

  • Earth Angel profile imageAUTHOR

    Earth Angel 

    7 years ago

    Blessings to you this morning Tony!

    Yes, we could ALL use some healing like in the poem! I pass your compliments along to the poet himself!

    Thanks so much for dropping by and commenting!

    YOU are the BEST!

    Blessings always, EarthAngel!

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    Tony McGregor 

    7 years ago from South Africa

    I could use some healing like that! That is a super poem, thanks for bringing it to my attention.

    Love and peace


  • Earth Angel profile imageAUTHOR

    Earth Angel 

    7 years ago

    Too funny Ghost!!

    Yes, I will let J.S. Allen know of your stellar comments!

    He actually wrote this poem as an older man with infatuations of a younger woman who did not feel the same! She healed him just the same!

    Don't you know, Pam is your Abishag!!?

    Have a GREAT day!! EarthAngel!

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    7 years ago

    Yep, this is well beyond the "stuff" most folks call poetry. Can't stand most of that--not even some of my own. Voted up, useful, beautiful and awesome.

    Not funny, though. "...but the King knew her not."

    Now, since I DO believe in reincarnation, and Abishag MAY be around somewhere in the Here & Now (hey, possibly!) in an EQUALLY STUNNING form with those "jousting eyes"...

    (*Sigh*) Let J.S. know, if you would, that his poem "done did it" to me. Now I'll be mentally "scanning" every pretty girl out there, wondering, "Hey, might you be Abishag?"

    King David? Sorry. He's on his own.

  • Earth Angel profile imageAUTHOR

    Earth Angel 

    7 years ago

    Thank you SweetiePie!

    Yes, J.S. Allen writes from a very deep place indeed! Often I have to look up what he is referring to in some of his poems!

    Thanks for commenting! You are the BEST!

    Blessings always, EarthAngel!

  • SweetiePie profile image


    7 years ago from Southern California, USA

    Very deep subject matter for a poem, but well written.

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    Vladimir Uhri 

    8 years ago from HubPages, FB

    Very interesting poem.

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    Earth Angel 

    8 years ago

    You are most welcome!! Thank you PhoenixV!! Blessings always, Earth Angel!!

  • PhoenixV profile image


    8 years ago from USA

    Excellent poem and thanks for your comment, it truly lifted my spirits

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    9 years ago from india

    best poem erath Angel.

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    9 years ago

    how are you?

  • mkhovu profile image


    9 years ago

    Great poem Earth Angel. Very deep yet so pure.

  • Earth Angel profile imageAUTHOR

    Earth Angel 

    9 years ago

    Thank you Tom for your kind words!!

    I will make sure the author, J.S. Allen receives it right away!!

    Blessings always, Earth Angel!!

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    Tom Cornett 

    9 years ago from Ohio

    Ancient heart with words of today...I loved this....Thank you! :)

  • Earth Angel profile imageAUTHOR

    Earth Angel 

    9 years ago

    Thank you RippleMaker!!

    Your comments are so kind!! I will pass them along to J.S. Allen!! He will be thrilled!! As am I; thank you!!

    Blessings always, Earth Angel!

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    Michelle Simtoco 

    9 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

    Wow! THat seems to say it all! :-) Blessings to J.S. Allen and to you earth angel!

  • Earth Angel profile imageAUTHOR

    Earth Angel 

    9 years ago

    Thank you sooooooooooo much EarnestsHub for the loving and supportive compliments!! I will make sure the author, JS Allen gets them right away!! He will be thrilled you took the time to read and comment!! Thank you!!

    I am also thrilled that Obama will have a poet read at his inauguration this Tuesday!! He has mentioned several times the importance of poetry in our daily lives!! It's about time!!

    Thank you again!! Blessings always, Earth Angel!!

  • earnestshub profile image


    9 years ago from Melbourne Australia

    I enjoyed the poem very much. You are rightly proud to be the publisher of such a famous and great poet.

    I think although some of his poetry may go over your head, you would still soak it up, smell it, taste it, visualize it and leave the analysis for those who analyze.

    Poetry from J.S.Allen can be enjoyed in many ways. The head or the meaning being just one of them!

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    9 years ago

    nice poetry

  • anjalichugh profile image


    9 years ago from New York

    Such great authors with such 'insight' deserve to be more in print. Please dig out more of his work. Thx

  • Earth Angel profile imageAUTHOR

    Earth Angel 

    9 years ago

    Thank you so much for the positive feedback Denny!!

    I will let the author, J.S. Allen, know you liked it!! I love his poetry; I am his publisher!! So often what he writes is over my head and I have to research some of his references!! He will be delighted someone "got it!!"

    Blessings always, Earth Angel!!

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    Denny Lyon 

    9 years ago from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA

    A real treat in poetic form, thank you!


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