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Topic: Bouncebackability (06/05/14)
TITLE: Aubade for Job
By Beth LaBuff
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A paragon dwelt in the East
With donkeys, camels, oxen, sheep.
His sons and daughters relished feasts—
Oblations offered for their sin.
A paragon dwelt in the East.
-Incite to smite-
“Then he will curse you to your face—
Does Job fear God for nothing?”
Before God’s Throne this charge was placed,
“Strike everything your servant has
And he will curse you to your face.”
-Plight of blight-
God gives—God’s name by Job was praised,
Then messengers dealt wrenching news.
Job tore his robe, his head was shaved,
His livestock stolen, children dead!
God takes away—His name still praised.
-Outright and trite-
His wife advised, “Curse God and Die!”
With broken shards Job scraped his skin
From head to toe to oozing thigh.
She multiplied his flesh’s thorn—
“Why not curse God and die!”
“At earth’s creation, where were you?
Do eagles soar at your command?
Do lightning bolts report to you?
Who tells the morning stars to sing?
At earth’s creation, where were you?”
~Job’s Response and Epilogue~
-Contrite with new insight-
“I know that You can do all things.
I put my hand over my mouth.”
More livestock, children, and gold rings—
Job’s latter life—blessed twice as much.
“I know that You can do all things.”
Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.
Psalm 30:5 (KJV)
~poem based on the Old Testament book of Job~
~an aubade is a poem or song to accompany daybreak~
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