A Poetic View Of The Shunamite Woman
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The Shunamite woman,
Watched the prophet toil.
Knew that she could add to his,
Life a little joy.
“Elisha passes by here often,
Traveling sometimes very late.”
I’ll stop and offer to him,
this meager bread I’ve baked.”
She said unto her husband,
After thinking many days.
“This holy man of Israel,
Should have a room with us to stay.”
On a day when Elisha rested,
He told Gehazi to bring her in.
Ask her how we can repay her,
For being such a special friend.
Elisha told the gracious woman,
To name a gift and it shall be.
The woman smiled and softly answered,
That she simply had no needs.
“I shall tell the King about you,
For the kindness you have shown.”
But she said, “No I am happy
Just living in my home.”
So again he called Gehazi,
Once again asked what to do.
Gehazi said, “This woman’s childless,”
Elisha smiled upon this news.
“In the coarse and proper season,
When the time has fully come.
No longer will your life be empty,
You shall hold a baby son.”
At first the woman doubted,
Whether this would come to pass.
But as was spoken by Elisha,
A son was born to pay her back.
After many years had fallen,
At the harvest with his dad.
The father sent him home to mother,
For his head was hurting bad.
At home his mother gently rocked him,
While the young man lay and cried.
It fell around the noontime,
That the woman’s son had died.
So she called unto her husband,
“I shall return here very soon.”
“He said why leave It’s not the Sabbath,
Or beginning of new moon.”
“It shall be well,” she spoke unto him,
Then told her driver not to slack.
And they rode without ceasing,
Setting on her donkeys back.
Elisha saw the woman coming,
And wondered what on her befell.
So he sent Gehazi running,
But she cried out “all is well.”
She came nigh unto Elisha,
There she latched onto his feet.
Gehazi tried to pull her from him,
Elisha spoke, “Just let her be.”
“Did I ask a son from you,
I was happy in my place.”
Elisha sent Gehazi running,
To put his staff upon his face.
She said “as sure as thy soul liveth,
I shall not leave thy side.”
And Gehazi came back running,
Saying that “the boy had died.”
Elisha entered to the chamber,
Then he shut the door behind.
And there alone in his seclusion,
Elisha prayed three different times.
Elisha lay upon the young man,
Until he started to revive.
The young man sneezed seven sneezes,
Then the boy became alive.
Elisha then said to Gehazi,
“Tell the woman to come in.”
When she entered to the chamber,
She saw her son who lived again.
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You have captured the women’s heart and soul and made the story sing. You did a wonderful job of showing God’s love and blessing to those that serve Him.
The original story in the Bible is such a beautiful account of how God does perform miracles in lives, and this poem is well written. You have done a good job. Thomas
William Mae, This is excellent. It makes the story come alive and speak to our lives. Thank you for sharing it.