Abraham and

It would have been better to say no,
more human. What right had he to ask
anyone to kill a son? My wife
never forgave me, even after the miracle

and I was unable to look at the lad
knowing he couldn’t look at me
without seeing the knife
I’d have used, because I was stupid

enough to obey orders. Had I been brave
we’d laugh together round the fire at night
and the bully who told me what to do
would have learnt he needed to show us more respect –

instead of which, if anyone talks about love
we sleep alone and lock our bedroom doors.

Tom Vaughan

If you have any thoughts about this poem,  Tom Vaughan  would be pleased to hear them