Simple Simon

J36 The Parables 9 - Poem by Simple Simon

On the Kingdom of heaven,
Jesus told parables not one,
But countless in number,
For the people to remember.

Once ten girls went out
A bridegroom to meet,
With their oil lamps ten,
But he wasn’t at home then.

While five wise girls
Took extra oil in cans
The rest foolish five
Didn’t bother to have.

All the ten girls slept,
As it was getting late
For the bridegroom
To come back home.

It was already midnight,
When the cry rang out,
“Here is the bridegroom
Come and meet him.”

The ten girls woke up,
From their deep sleep.
The lamps were dull,
For want of more oil.

Then the foolish girls
Asked the wise girls
“Our lamps may fail,
So, give us some oil.”

The wise ones said,
“Sorry, we’re afraid,
We may find it short,
Your needs, if we meet.”

The foolish went out
For some oil to get,
While by that time,
The bridegroom came.

The feast that was grand,
All the wise girls joined.
As the door was closed
The foolish were barred.

“Always be on your guard, ”
Like this, Jesus concluded,
When does the heaven open
Its gate is never known.”

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Comments about J36 The Parables 9 by Simple Simon

  • (2/3/2007 8:38:00 PM)

    I always feel sad for the foolish girls when I read this parable. One should always be prepared to meet God. Insightful write, Simon.

    Warm regards,


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Poem Submitted: Saturday, February 3, 2007

Poem Edited: Saturday, January 8, 2011

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