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His Hand under the Hurricane
by Julie Michaelson
11/09/09
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...here,
your proud waves
must stop!
[Job 38:11]
**********************
"I have my Monday
Bible class, tonight,
Lord."

[NODDING.]
[INTENSE GAZE
ON THE SOUTHERN
ATLANTIC.]

"Yeah; I think,
tonight,
they're gonna go over
the story, about the kid
who blew all his father's
sheckels, and then,
ended up working on
a pig-farm."

[NODDING.]
[KEEPING AN EYE
ON IDA THE HURRICANE.]

"Lord, I don't understand:
why don't You make it
just STOP?"

[PREOCCUPIED NOD.]
"What,
My precious."

"The HURRICANE!
Why can't You
just STOP IT?"

[SILENCE.]

(Munching on a piece
of microwave chicken*.)
"They say that You're
really Powerful, and all."

"Who,
child?"

"Ya know: THEY!"

"Ah."
[LOOKING INTENTLY
AT THE WAVES SWELLING
UP IN THE SOUTH ATLANTIC.]

"SO?
Why can't Ya just
STOP IT?"

[PATIENT SILENCE.]

"Ya aren't gonna
tell me, ARE YA?"

[NODDING ABSENTLY.]
[WATCHING THE HURRICANE.]
"No,
My child."

(Frown.)
(Give a piece of
chicken to an older
cat**, who outlived
the marriage.)
"TYPICAL;
that's all You ever
say to me, is 'NO!'."

[PATIENT, LOVING VOICE.]
"Child......"

"HEY!
I KNOW who,
I'm TALKIN' TO!"

[CALM VOICE.]
"To Whom,
child?"

"The One Who
wrote that STORY,
about the poor FATTED CALF!"

[SILENCE.]

"Are You in a bad MOOD?
Do You want me to come
back, LATER?"

[SMILE!]
[PATIENT SIGH.]
[WATCHING THE
WEATHER CHANNEL.]
[FROWNING.]

"Why can't Ya just STOP
IT? What is this, Lord:
about the PRIME DIRECTIVE?"

[BURST OUT LAUGHING!]

"That's what Captain .....
I can't remember his name,
right now. Ya know: that
British guy who played the
Captain on the Enterprise;
not Captain Kirk, but the
other one....
(Stop a moment, to research.)
"Oh, yeah! Jean-Luc Picard***."

[NODDING PATIENTLY.]
[FROWNING AT THE
WEATHER MAP SHOWN
ON THE WEATHER CHANNEL.]

"Anyhow: Captain PICARD!
And...Number One...
Ya know: that gorgeous
guy with the beard and
blue eyes****....he used to come
into the Captain's quarters
on the starship, and say,
'Captain Picard, why can't we just
tell those people down on
the planet, that their planet
is about to come apart?'
And, the Captain, the bald
British guy, would just
stoically reply,

'No, Number One. We can't do that!
Remember, the Prime Directive!
The Starship Manual says that
we can't interfere in the
development, or history
of any planet!'"

(Look up at the spots
so on the ceiling, the
place where a can of
blackberry soda had spurted.)
"Is THAT it?
Is that why,
You can't stop the HURRICANE:
because of,
the PRIME DIRECTIVE?"

[CHUCKLING.]
[SIGH.]

"After all.....
if You change the MANUAL,
WHO'S gonna QUESTION
You, about IT?"

[CHUCKLING.]
"I cannot imagine."
**********************
Then the Lord
answered Job
out of the whirlwind...
Who shut in the
sea....when it burst
forth...when I made
clouds its garment,
and thick darkness
in swaddling band;
When I fixed
My limit for it,
and set its
bars and doors;
When I said,
This far you may come,
but no further,
and here your proud
waves must stop!
[Job 38:8-11]
***********************

___________________
*Being single's a hoot:
nobody complains about
your food......or,
anything else, for
that matter.
**The ex really hated
this particular cat; it
used to urinate on his
fancy briefcase. (And,
they say animals don't
have a sense of humor.)
***Played by Patrick Stuart.
****Commander William T. Riker:
played by Jonathan Frakes.

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