Just in time god sent the ram
so Abraham used the knife to cut Isaac loose from the altar.
But before Isaac, before Abraham, there were other altars,
and standing by them were grieving fathers offering their greatest treasure.
And knives were raised to heaven and poised to plunge into human flesh.
But no rams appeared,
and there was silence except for wailing, hopeful prayers,
and whispered doubts.
Did god refuse those precious gifts?
But he must have accepted the bribes in exchange for
commanding rain for crops, vanquishing enemies,
and scouring the land clean of all pestilence.
Why else would loving fathers sacrifice their beloved sons?
But God was silent then,
and even now there are no Abrahams to hear him say
I'll take the ram instead of your son.
So the devil is free to strike his own bargains,
leaving many Isaacs lying on altars
facing heaven and the knife.