The House of David was riven wide
by Rehoboam and Jeroboam:
their scattered tribes are still a-roam
millennia after they’ve died.
The leaves of scriptured history tell
little beyond this tale:
a war fought to no avail
that sounded Israel’s knell.
Today in cobwebbed cellars they lie
neither reviled nor fabled;
but neatly dated and labelled
for the palates of the high.