Echoes

April 4, 2014 

job finished

and once

off the boat

with his

family

he cooked

a pleasant

offering

sensed

a promise

got drunk

passed out

naked

on the bed

then cursed

a son

for seeing

him

that is

the way

his story

ends

in the

book

but i want

to ask him

were you ever

uncertain

have any

questions

feel tension

in your heart

between justice

and mercy

did you wonder

can i do this

am i really

following

with blind faith

in some fated

divine plan

or experiencing

the agony

of being

human

required

to make

and live with

my choices

do all of

these people

actually

deserve

extinction

except

me

and what

about

the often

gnawing

guilt

that follows

why

did i

and mine

alone

survive

is that

the reason

you drank

into a stupor

were you

trying to

escape

from

feeling

anything

then angry

with yourself

take it out

on someone

around you

oh primeval

noah

were you

of my kind

after all

h.

Hubert Neth, a United Methodist pastor, has been contributing to the Journal for more than 20 years.

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