2 Samuel 1:17-27
The stories are messy and convoluted:
the struggles between David and King Saul;
further complicated by the deep love
that David shares with the son of his rival.
Jonathan, hero, and great leader in his own right,
would have been a match for David,
but it never came to that.
Jonathan dies, a death with honour,
alongside his father and two brothers
in battle with the Philistines,
and David is left to weep.
How he weeps! In all of the scriptures
is there a cry of deeper anguish,
a lament that speaks of a darker place,
a tearing of love’s loss more agonised
than that of David
as he mourns for his beloved Jonathan?
There is no embarrasment in love
as the soon-to-be-anointed king
declares of his friend:
your love to me was wonderful,
passing the love of women.
© Ken Rookes