Day 7, Writing 201:Poetry

Today’s prompt was fingers, the poetry style is prose. We are to use assonance as a literary device. Assonance is the repetition of a vowel sound. I am an amateur in prose. I have never written a poem in prose.

The prompt using the word ‘fingers’ made me think of a Bible story told in Daniel 5.


In ancient times, the nation of Babylon was a rich and powerful kingdom. Belshazzar reigned as its last king before it was divided in two. One evening, he held a party for thousands of men. Worldly pleasure was displayed in fine fashion. The King commanded that vessels of gold and silver be brought out of the royal storehouse. Goblets of gold held blood red wine. These golden vessels came from Israel. Holy treasures raided from God’s temple. The unconsecrated lips of Babylon’s King drank deeply, and he praised the gods of silver, gold, wood, and stone, He mocked the God of Heaven sharply. Suddenly dark fingers of judgment appeared out of nowhere, A suspended hand wrote words of despair. Near the candlelight these words declared, Mene, Mene, Shekel, Upharsin. Belshazzar trembled, his knees knocked, his countenance fell. Astologers, wise men, soothsayers and Chaldeans did not have the wisdom to read those dreaded words. So, a Prophet of God was summoned, and the King offered priceless gifts and power, but Daniel refused them, and interpreted  the message for free. The meaning of the writing was clear, God numbered the kingdom, and finished it too, the King was weighed in the balances and found wanting. Great Babylon would be divided and given to the Medes and Persians. That very night Belshazzar succumbed to death, as written by the fingers of judgment.


2 thoughts on “Day 7, Writing 201:Poetry

    • Thank you! This is a fascinating story in the Bible with all the dramatic elements. The fingers and a hand floating in the air, pronouncing judgment on Belshazzar made his knees knock. I can’t imagine being that afraid!

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