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Waiting for the fire and brimstone to fall
by Julie Michaelson
05/07/08
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In that day
the Lord
with His hard and great
and strong sword
will punish Leviathan....
Leviathan the twisting
serpent,
and He will slay
the dragon
that is in the sea.
[Isaiah 27:1]
*****************
"Yeah; sure, Lord."

[SILENCE.]

"Yeah! RIGHT!"

[PATIENT SILENCE.]

"I don't BELIEVE it!"

[PATIENT SILENCE.]

"Neah!
You're a BIG WEENY!"

"Why, child."

"Yeah?
WELL!
If You were so Big and
Mighty, You would've
DONE SOMETHING
for that HORSE!"

[PATIENT SILENCE.]

"That sweet HORSE!
Who got TORTURED to death!
While all those rich guys
were CHEERING, and
sipping CHAMPAIGNE!"

[PATIENT SILENCE.]

"YEAH!"

[SILENCE.]

"You're a Big WEENY!
(Squint up at air vent.)
HEY! I know I'M one!
But....YOU'RE supposed
to be MIGHTIER!"

"Mightier than what,
child?"

"Than all those evil
PEOPLE, Lord!
YOU! Yeah!
That's RIGHT, Lord!
YOU!"

[SILENCE.]

"Yeah!
Ya keep SAYIN'
all this stuff, Lord!
But, I don't see Ya
DOING IT!"

"What do I say, little one?"

"Well......
(Glasses slip down nose.)
(Sip some V-8 juice.)
Like, all this stuff:

Terror and the pit,
and the snare
are upon you,
O inhabitant
of the earth!
[Isaiah 24:17]

And, this:

The earth
is utterly broken,
the earth
is rent asunder,
the earth
is violently shaken.
The earth
staggers
like a drunken man....
and it falls,
and will not
rise again.
[Isaiah 24:19-20]

See?
But, it's all just TALK, Lord!"

"About what, child?"

"About.....all this
PUNISHING all the
BAD GUYS! Ya SAY
it; but, Ya never DO IT!"

"When, child?"

"WHEN?
Like, right THAT MINUTE!
The minute they killed
her on that TRACK, Lord!
You should've OPENED
up a big HOLE - and,
just SWALLOWED them
all UP!
(Shake both puny fists
up at air vent.)
With FIRE and BRIMSTONE!"

[PATIENT NOD.]
"I understand, My child."

"SO?
So WHAT?
Who CARES?
Y'ur supposed to be
FIGHTING against the
EVIL in this world, LORD!
And, I don't see Ya
DOING it!
(Hang head down.)
(Catch in voice.)
I just don't Ya doin'
anything, Lord!"

[PATIENT SILENCE.]

"Very disappointed, Lord.
Just very disappointed.
Very disappointed.
(Lump in throat.)
My whole life.
I just 've never SEEN
Ya, Lord.
Nothin'.
That's all.
(Teary silence.)
Nothin.
That's all."

[PATIENT SILENCE.]

"I'm goin' to bed.
(Frown up at air vent.)
Good night.
(Stand up.)
(Sit back down.)
Hey, and I'm not done, YET!
(Shake weak fists again,
up at vent.)
HEY!
How about when You
killed those guys that
touched the ARK?
How about THAT?
WELL?
And, they weren't
NOTHIN!"

"Read It to Me,
child."

"Eh.....yeah;
it's somewhere in here.
Wait a minute;
I can't find it, Lord.
But, it's somewhere
in there: about those
guys getting smoted
because they touched the
Ark."

"Find It."

"Yeah;
here it is:

And when they came
to the threshing floor
of Nacon,
Uzzah put out his hand
to the ark of God
and took hold of it,
for the oxen stumbled.
And, the anger
of the Lord
was kindled.....
and God
smote him there .....
and he died
there
beside the
ark of God.
[2 Samuel 6:6-7]"

"What does that
teach you, child?"

"I dunno, Lord.
It sounds like
somethin' from the
'Indiana Jones and
Raiders of the Lost Ark' movie."

[CHUCKLE.]

"Well, it DOES!
Hey, but what's
this gotta do with
You not punishin'
those HORSE RACERS?"

"Who is the Lord,
child?"

"YOU are!"

[NOD.]

"So, DO SOMETHIN'!"

[PATIENT SILENCE.]

(Fold arms.)
(Turn away from air vent.)

[PATIENT NOD.]
"In My Time, child.
In My Own Time."
********************
Great and wonderful
are Thy deeds,
O Lord
God the Almighty!
Just and true
are Thy ways!
O King
of the ages!
[Revelation 15:3]

_________________________
In memory:
a three year old mare,
named Eight Belles.










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Melanie Smith-Taylor 07 May 2008
I, too, am waiting. I love your imagery and writing style. Thank you for writing this piece. I was outraged when I saw what happened on the track at the Derby. Last year, here in MD at the Preakness, Barbaro was terribly injured. I remember hating horse racing when I was a child and saw how it affected people in my family, maniacs yelling for their horse to, "Run!", while standing hunched over the coffee table or ottoman, beating their own thigh like it would make the horse run faster. I didn't know at the time that they'd placed a bet.... Like you, I am waiting for that fire and brimstone to fall. This piece is beautiful.




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