He stopped his scheme
For income streams:
The silent screams
Had pierced his dreams.
They hated him
And they rebelled—
The brothers threw
Him in a well.
THE BOOK OF SECOND KINGS
IN BLANK VERSE
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
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?
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
that were in
you were probably
they were delicious
and so cold
And Kenneth Koch wrote a spoof on it:
Variations on a Theme by William Carlos Williams
— Kenneth Koch
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.
We laughed at the hollyhocks together
and then I sprayed them with lye.
Forgive me. I simply do not know what I am doing.
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.
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!
Look into depths of things
Change your way of thinking
Look into depths of things
Inside that scrawny boy
May be the makings of a king.