Am I My Brother’s Keeper
By Thomas E. Kittrell
April 26, 2006
Cain and Abel, were the first two brothers
Cain was a farmer and loved the soil
Abel was an animal lover and kept sheep
Both offered to God the fruit of their toil
God smiled upon that presented by Abel
Cain did not please God with his treasure
Emotions of jealousy and envy were born
The older brother ruled by his displeasure
Two siblings talking in the field that day
Satan had filled Cain’s heart with strife
He would rise up against his only brother
Controlled by rage he would take his life
Returning to his crops he tried to forget
Life would go on as usual for sure
Never again would he feel inferior
No more humiliation he would endure
“Where is your brother?” God was asking
The question penetrated his heart like a spear
He must somehow avoid a direct answer
He felt so uncomfortable with God so near
“I do not know,” he lied, as uneasiness set in
Not sure of how much God already knew
If only he had somehow kept his cool
Before his brother in anger he slew
“Am I my brother’s keeper?” feebly he asked
After all there was no evidence to be found
“What have you done?” came the accusation
“Your brother’s blood cries to me from the ground”
Today people are still asking that same question
Their responsibility for others they want to deny
There is no excuse acceptable before the Maker
Still He hears the voice of the helpless as they cry
© 2006 Thomas E. Kittrell
And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him.
And the Lord said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not. Am I my brother's keeper?
And he [God] said, What hast thou done? the voice of thy brother's blood crieth unto me from the ground.
(Genesis 4: 8-10 KJV)
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