blake 1

The boy’s mama loved him so she set him down;
Laid him low with the lonely lamb.
He stroke the lamb’s face that wears the frown,
The face of one who is afraid of brutal man.
The lamb’s white wool clean and bright
Like his fair and youthful skin, light.
He comforts him on the soft green mat,
Exchanging looks where they sat.

Fear falls from the lamb’s familiar eyes.
A fierce flame fading in his chest.
Yet in darkness, a light falls from the sky
And then he knew the lamb was blessed.
He was opened with opened arms.
The lamb entered with innocent charms,
He removed the soot from his hooves,
Renewed his corrupted youth.

blake 2

The boy said, “Little lamb how you weep,
Weep you do for thy mama.
She wishes for you to sleep
And drift away from the trauma.
You can sleep in peace now still young.
Just imagine and nothing will go wrong.
Look up into the night
The stars cannot hinder your sight.”

The lamb speaks to him of angels
From a faraway Kingdom
Hidden in clouds behind the hills
And there they shall find freedom.
The boy said, “Look little lamb,
You and I will find a plan
We’ll find this house from above
We’ll find the hidden love.”

blake 3

Now with the holy words in his mouth
He pranced, he dance, and he sang with joy.
He shared the words of the Lord about the path
But the grown men laughed because he was but a boy.
They say there was no way to get away
But they cannot stay in a place of darkening gray.
Laugh and laugh they laughed on.
He walked away until the laughter has gone.

blake 4

The boy and the lamb slept and wept
As they drifted they heard a choir of voices.
Angels carried them to the Kingdom and they leapt.
They stood in the man’s forgiving hands and rejoice.
Shut eyes keep them sheltered;
Their hearts filtered.
“Little lamb, how the stars align
Little lamb, this is the world of divine.”

 

I noted the recurrence of the lamb and to my interpretation, the little lamb represented youth and the innocence of youth. Whenever a poem referred to a lamb, I imagine it to be a boy. Blake reveals an array of ideas about innocence and childhood and somehow the presence of the lamb in many of the poems stood out to me. Lambs are symbolic of children in many ways. The color of the lamb represents purity which is almost always attributed to children. They are innocent and know no evil. In my work above, the character role of the boy and the lamb is interchangeable and the effects will be the same in my opinion. I attempt at ending it with the ambiguity of the status of the boy similar to the way Blake leaves us thinking whether a death has occurred. Is he dead? Or is it simply wishful thinking? Blake somehow makes it seem as if the only way to reach the divine is through tragic, which is a scary thought.

– Van Vang