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Isaac’s boyhood

Isaac’s boyhood
(Gen., 22.1-19)

Although we’re told an angel stayed
that blow and pointed to a ram
entangled by its horns in twigs
and branches of a nearby bush,
although the angel said that God
was testing Abraham and found
him faithful, the tale tells not one jot
how, after bearing up the wood,
how, told the lamb would be supplied
by God, the shock shook Isaac’s frame
when his father grasped and bound him –
and now betrayal — of disbelief
as he was lifted up and laid
down on the altar-fuel that jabbed.
Nor does the record tell the young
lad’s terror as his father raised
the newly whetted knife of bronze;
nor does it tell the narrow glint
of sun along the edge, burnt deep,
in Isaac’s memory.


Murray Alfredson

Murray Alfredson è un ex-bibliotecario, docente e socio buddista nel Multi-Faith Chaplaincy alla Flinders University, in Australia. Ha pubblicato saggi sulla meditazione buddista, sulle relazioni e le poetiche inter-religiose, poesie e traduzioni di poesia su riviste e antologie in Australia, Stati Uniti, Regno Unito, Svezia, Canada, e due raccolte, Nectar & Light in New Poets, 12, Adelaide: Friendly Street Poets e Wakefield Press, 2007; e The gleaming clouds, Brisbane, Interactive press, 2013.
È redattore di Ashvamegh, una rivista letteraria pubblicata a New Delhi, e co-curatore della quarantesima antologia annuale dei Friendly Street Poets: Many eyes, many voices, Adelaide, 2016.
Ha vinto l’High Beam Award per la poesia 2004, il Poetry Unhinged Multicultural Poetry Prize 2006, il premio Friendly Street Poets Political Poetry 2009, ed è stato nominato due volte per il premio Pushcart, nel 2009 e nel 2012.
Vive nella penisola di Fleurieu vicino al Golfo di St Vincent nell’ Australia del sud.