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Rue Begets Rue
Seah Ray 1962 (United States)
Upon an ancient land of flowing rivers
like sparkling reflections on Jordan's span,
where woven mesh, fine, or dragnets cast
defined a working fisherman
who reeled each morning for a fish
with a hooked taut drawn single line
in boat or standing near a shore,
as weighted nets imprisoned, landed
upon schools feeding dragged inshore
in nets carefully drawn across
a shallow vibrant dark seafloor;
irises, gladiolus, tulips, lilies too
of pink, purple, plus flowers blue
with cliffs deep and steep
with 'white-hair' sprinkled
of wisdom peaked
and trails varied of narrow, wide,
with dens of foxes who burrow, hide
plus Warbler's of maybe 470 kind
building nests in trees, hollowed out trunks,
of twigs, and leaves, seaweed, moss, feathers
creating an environment hard to find.
Yes, traveled repeatedly,
eagerly with pride
to 'truest' form of knowledge seek,
dwelled a populous people
with fig trees, grapevines lush and grand,
while flutes of reed, ivory, bone,
during banquets, weddings, joyful parades,
even at funerals by bands
of sorrowful performing military brigades,
because of a 'cherished' promise
to a 'faithful' friend named 'Abraham' made'.
upon that beauteous terrain
a multitudinous people
who served a 'living' God
awe-inspiring, loving, generous,
of rains, sun, moon, and stars,
and glorious beaches of seashells paved
who could only stomach 'truth'
being practiced as 'best one can'
since given 'best' his Son--as 'ransom' paid.
Understanding and merciful
towards 'imperfect', but repentant man
like Daniel, whose integrity spawned
awed King Darius
to amazingly command:
"I am issuing an order
that in every domain of my kingdom,
people are to tremble in fear
before the God of Daniel."... 'Almighty'.
To his Sovereignty: All must adhere.
"For he is the living God
and he endures forever.
His kingdom will never be destroyed,
and his rulership is eternal."
Pristine. Just. Holy.
Unmasked. Crystal clear.
So strict obedience
should be for whomever
not just in 'lip' and 'appearance'.
Must be stemmed from internal.
Yes, of whole heart and mind.
Held high. Treasured. Dear.
All who love a Son and his Creator.
For 'everlasting life' is a 'gift'
worth every endeavor to humankind.
However, a multitude
to search wherever
truth is found...
Only by 'selfishness' ruled; defined.
Why Jeremiah prophesied to 'then' mankind
words from a living God
who does not change principles
"‘Here I am sending for many fishermen,’
declares Jehovah, ‘And they will fish for them.
After that I will send for many hunters,
And they will hunt them down
on every mountain and every hill
And out of the clefts of the crags."
"First, I will repay
the full amount due
for their error and their sin,
For they have profaned my land
with the lifeless figures of their disgusting idols
And have filled my inheritance
with their detestable things.’”
So, stated to all his people
motivated his 'name' to defend:
"Keep on enduring to the end."
Then you'll not rue the day
when you reap what you sow.
You'll plant beautiful 'rue'
in your garden everlasting to grow.
About this poem
Regret may not be necessary if we stop to reflect upon a our destination and take decisive steps...
Written on March 03, 2022
Submitted by lucretia.mccloud on March 06, 2022
Modified on March 05, 2023
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