Friday, June 16, 2017

Whirlwind tour

After Isaiah 13-23

I took a two-week tour,
all-inclusive, guide
furnished, side trips
available before and after,
airfare from gateway city
and whirlwinded my way
to Babylon, Assyria, the land
of the Philistines, Moab,
Damascus, if this it Tuesday
it must be Cush, Eyypt,
Edom, Arabia, Jerusalem,
and Tyre, a tour overwhelmed
by sites and sensations,
by ruins and ruminations,
by temples and temporalities,
a kaleidoscope of cities
and nations and plains and
mountains, and rivers and roads,
the dust flying fast behind
the tour bus, and I learned
only one thing:
judgment is inevitable,
but it’s not the end.

Photograph by Vera Kratochvil via Public Domain Pictures. Used with permission.

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