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The Web Poetry Corner - James Bredin - The Tomb of the Ten Ossuaries

The Tomb of the Ten Ossuaries

by

James Bredin


The tomb of the ten ossuaries was found in nineteen eighty,
Obscure knowledge that was not considered very weighty,
But now this message in a bottle from two millennia ago,
Puts us knee-deep in history and religion, so here we go.

With this ossuary cluster of well known biblical names,
Jesus son of Joseph, two Marys, Mathew, Jude and James,
Half forgotten in the archives because those names were normal,
No one got excited about this cluster so why go formal?

And the ossuaries stayed stashed for twenty five years,
Historical secret scientific shadows mixed with sacred fears,
Where patina preserving DNA could converge with dogma,
Could this leave our bishops with a doubtful judicial enigma?

Was certain information purged from what we have been taught?
Should we even think about this history or just perish the thought?
Who will tell us what is right or who or what may have gone wrong?
Should the bible of Philip and Mary Magdalene be brought along?


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