NOAH AND THE FLOOD…POEM
James P. Gram
God’s chosen people went to pot
With booze and sin they were besot;
They were wicked, mighty bad;
“Ungrateful bunch; they make me sad
I’ll kill them off; I’m really mad.”
“Maybe best not play with fire
The consequences could be dire.
I think I’ll make a flood so deep
Most will die without a peep;
They’ll find out what their sins will reap.”
“But if I kill off everyone
The human race is surely done.
There won’t be any little brat
Sheep or dogs, not one cat
So that would be the end of that.”
“Maybe I had better try
To find some family or guy
That I can save from rising water;
Maybe too, a son and daughter
Save ‘em from a total slaughter.”
Why not Noah, he’s not bad
An upright guy; a caring dad
I think I’ll spare him if I can.
“Now Noah, here is what I plan
I need some help, and you’re the man.”
So God told Noah just once more
Exactly what he had in store;
“Inform your wife, the wives, and tell
Japheth, Shem and Ham as well
I’ll save them from a watery hell.”
“Of course your family cannot float
You’re going to have to build a boat.
It’s got to be a certain size;
Don’t dare to make it otherwise
“It’ll save you when the waters rise.”
“For on that ark your family
Will float around so safe and free;
But pairs of creatures you must hoard
Take them all with you on board.
That’s the deal and our accord.”
“Those animals of every kind
Need lots of space, but never mind;
You’ve never built a boat, I know;
I’ll show you when and where and how;
Which is stern and which is bow.”
“By two’s you’ll need to bring them in
All creatures clean and without sin.
It’s quite a chore, but do not balk;
We need to save some breeding stock
To populate this earthly rock”
So Noah got some boards and nails
Built the keel and built the rails;
Three stories high above the sand;
Ramps and windows, built by hand;
By Noah and his little band
Simple tools and lots of sweat;
No power tools invented yet;
With awls and axes they toiled on
Beneath the dusty desert sun;
Till finally the ark was done
They gathered all the creatures in.
There must have been an awful din.
Horse and ass and camel bray
Was heard through the night and day
While animals were stowed away
At last, as God did prophesize,
The water did begin to rise.
It covered all the lands about
A monstrous flood, there was no doubt.
That wiped all habitation out.
It flooded all the desert ground
All animals and people drowned;
But Noah in his ark did ride
Dry as toast he did abide
With all his family at his side
But after forty days at sea
Noah thought, “I’d better see
If there is any place to land;
I’ll send this raven by my hand.
Perhaps he’ll find dry desert sand.”
But that poor raven kept in flight
Never found a place to light.
Back and forth it flew around;
No solid perch or stable ground.
Disappeared without a sound
Then Noah thought “I’ll send a bird”
A dove I think, so I have heard.
That little dove, one of a band
Searched hard, but then returned to hand
And never found a place to land
In fact, one-fifty days they boated
On the ark they safely floated.
A final dove o’er watery tract
With olive leaf came safely back
“The water’s down and that’s a fact”
They landed, left their watery foam
“Dry land at last, we’re almost home;
Now’s the job we can’t deny;
Let’s get out and multiply
And guarantee this race won’t die.”
There’s certainly a lesson here
Worship God, and have no fear,
God has said no floods he’ll send
No more will water this world mend.
What better way to have this end?
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