Joseph

Genesis 37:24)
Joseph

They hated him
And they rebelled—
The brothers threw
Him in a well.

~Day Williams

SECOND KINGS CHAPTER ONE

THE BOOK OF SECOND KINGS

IN BLANK VERSE

SECOND KINGS CHAPTER ONE

1 After the death of Ahab, Moab did

Rebel against the land of Israel.

2 Now Ahaziah fell through the lattice of

His upper room within Samaria

And hurt himself, so he sent messengers,

Saying to them, “Go and consult Baal‑

Zebub, the god of Ekron, to find out

If I’ll recover from this injury.”

3 The angel of the LORD said to Elijah

The Tishbite, “Go and meet the messengers

Sent by Samaria’s king and question them,

‘Is it that there=s no God in Israel

That you are going to consult Baal‑

Zebub, the god of Ekron?’ 4 Therefore this

Is what the LORD says: ‘You won’t leave the bed

That you are lying on. You’ll surely die!’”

Elijah therefore went. 5 When messengers

Reported to the king, he asked them, “Why

Have you come back?” 6 “A man came to meet us,”

They said, “and he said, ‘Go back to the king

Who sent you and tell him, “The LORD says this:

Is it that there’s no God in Israel

That you are sending men out to consult

Baal‑Zebub, the god of Ekron? Therefore

You will not leave the bed you’re lying on.

You’ll surely die!”‘” 7 The king asked them, “What kind

Of man was it who came to meet you and

Told you this?” 8 They replied, “He was a man

Who wore a hairy garment and who wore

A leather belt around his waist.” The king

Told them, “That was Elijah, who’s a Tishbite.”

9 He sent a captain with his company

Of fifty men off to Elijah, and

 The captain went up to Elijah, who

Was sitting on a hilltop, and he told

Him, AMan of God, the king commands,  ‘Come down!’”

10 Elijah told the captain, “If I am

A man of God, may fire come down from heaven

And melt you and your fifty men!” Then fire

Fell out of heaven and incinerated

The captain and his men. 11 At this the king

Sent to Elijah yet another captain

Elijah Calls Down Fire from Heaven

With his own fifty men. The captain told

Him, “Man of God, the king commands,  ‘Come down

At once!’” 12 “If I’m a man of God,” Elijah

Replied, “may fire come down from heaven and

Melt you and all your fifty men!” The fire

Of God then fell from heaven and consumed

Him and his fifty men, 13 and so the king

Sent a third captain with his fifty men,

And this third captain went and fell upon

His knees before Elijah. “Man of God,”

He begged, “please have respect for my own life

And lives of all these fifty men, your servants!

14 See, fire has fallen out of heaven and

Consumed the first two captains and their men.

But now respect my life!” 15 The angel of

The LORD said to Elijah, “Go down with

Him; do not be afraid of him.” Elijah

Therefore got up and went down with him to

The king, 16 and he informed the king: “The LORD

Says this: ‘Is it because there is no God

In Israel for you to seek advice

From that you have sent messengers to seek

Advice from Baal‑Zebub, the god of Ekron?

Because you have done this, you’ll never leave

The bed you’re lying on. You’ll surely die!'”

17 Therefore he died, according to the word

Of God Elijah spoke. As Ahaziah

Had no son, Joram took his place as king

Within Jehoram’s second year. Jehoram

Was son of Judah’s King Jehoshaphat.

18 As for the other incidents within

The Ahaziah reign, and what he did,

Are they not written in the book known well,

The annals of the kings of Israel?

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This is Just to Say

Sometimes I need to take a break from the hurly-burly and enjoy the simple pleasures of life. Here is one of my favorite poems by William Carlos Williams.

This Is Just To Say
by William Carlos Williams

I have eaten
the plums
that were in
the icebox

and which
you were probably
saving
for breakfast

Forgive me
they were delicious
so sweet
and so cold

plum

And Kenneth Koch wrote a spoof on it:

Variations on a Theme by William Carlos Williams
— Kenneth Koch

1
I chopped down the house that you had been saving to live in next summer.
I am sorry, but it was morning, and I had nothing to do
and its wooden beams were so inviting.

2
We laughed at the hollyhocks together
and then I sprayed them with lye.
Forgive me. I simply do not know what I am doing.

3
I gave away the money that you had been saving to live on for the next ten years.
The man who asked for it was shabby
and the firm March wind on the porch was so juicy and cold.

4
Last evening we went dancing and I broke your leg.
Forgive me. I was clumsy and
I wanted you here in the wards, where I am the doctor!