Lot didn’t want to leave that day, but angels dragged them by the hand. His daughters didn’t understand. His wife looked back. She’d have to stay.
“I drifted slowly from the way through sweet deception. What a blow: I thought I knew; I didn’t know. That’s why we’re rushing out of there. We heard the screaming in the air, but it has stopped. We have to go.”
Ronovan Hester offers the rhyme word “blow” to be used in a C line of a décima having rhyme pattern ABBAACCDDC in this week’s challenge. I was thinking about Lot and Sodom from Genesis 19.
He checks off tasks as they are done. Tomorrow there’s another wake. Today he wonders should he take those profits his investments won?
While counting on the routine sun productively he wastes his day. Tonight in Sodom there’s a play. He’ll miss that wake. The dead don’t mind. He wonders if he’ll ever find the reason why. No time to pray.
Ronovan Hester offers the rhyme word “wake” to be used in a B line of a décima having rhyme pattern ABBAACCDDC for this week’s Décima Poetry Challenge.
sunflower, watermelon, pool, in your eyes, clear skies, before the rain, margarita, hot sauce, zest for life, heavenly, sunshine, total eclipse, out of the blue, the whole enchilada, and yellow brick road
In your eyes I saw clear skies before the rain that day. All left at once out of the blue, the sunshine and the sunflower, too, the hot saucezest for life I knew. Our margarita laughing pool shut down. You went away.
Then came a tap upon the cheek. “Awake! Recall what you were taught. The lying folk will all be caught. The earth is for the just and meek.”
Did I forget what I should seek? The fingers aiming everywhere spit words like buckshot in the air. The noise is great. I cannot hear if that’s a friend who’s coming near or folly dancing to a dare.
Ronovan Hester offers the rhyme word “cheek” once more to be used in an A line of a décima having rhyme pattern ABBAACCDDC for this week’s Décima Poetry Challenge. I was thinking of Matthew 24, especially verse 4: “And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.”
The victory is God’s we know. Before that there is much to do. Some details haven’t been worked through. True. Tragedies will come and go and cancers ever want to grow and dragons want a bit of fun. They’ll run their mouths. Their lies will stun like fists that crush into a cheek confounding those who try to speak, but lies will end and then they’re done.
Ronovan Hester offers the rhyme word “cheek” to be used in a D line of a décima having rhyme pattern ABBAACCDDC for this week’s Décima Poetry Challenge. The idea of assured victory in the midst of tribulation comes from Revelation.
We built them close to form a wall. Within them we shall make our stand. The devil’s prowling on the land devouring the weak who fall from sin that undermined it all. They’ve burnt their buildings, turned them black. Their walls have tumbled. See that crack? Today let’s have bright doors, fresh light, and neighborhoods prepared to fight. Let’s trust in God, resist attack.