Balaam’s Ass

“1. is men’s hearts that are failing for fear 2. see the carnage strewn on the shore 3. are the lifeboats full to capacity? 4. is there room for just one more? 5. you will feel like the great wallenda… 6. as he stepped out over tullulah gorge 7. I will bind myself to the truth 8. and speak it like balaam’s ass once more…” —Bill Mallonee (Vigilantes of Love), “Balaam’s Ass“, Blister Soul
“And the ass saw the angel of the LORD standing in the way, and his sword drawn in his hand: and the ass turned aside out of the way, and went into the field: and Balaam smote the ass, to turn her into the way. But the angel of the LORD stood in a path of the vineyards, a wall being on this side, and a wall on that side. And when the ass saw the angel of the LORD, she thrust herself unto the wall, and crushed Balaams’s foot against the wall: and he smote her again. And the angel of the LORD went further, and stood in a narrow place, where was no way to turn either to the right hand or to the left. And when the ass saw the angel of the LORD, she fell down under Balaam: and Balaam’s anger was kindled, and he smote the ass with a staff. And the LORD opened the mouth of the ass…” (Numbers 22)

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