Poetry Friday ~ Sodom And Gomorrah

3 May

Hello, everyone! Welcome to The Writer Next Door blog.

 

I’d like to share a beautiful poem written by Poet, Gary Bryson. This poem goes so well with one of the chapters in my book, Son of the Serpent, I decided to share a short excerpt taken from this chapter. I hope you enjoy the poem and the excerpt. 

 

Sodom And Gomorrah

by Gary Bryson

 

Surely there’s a righteous man,
Surely there’s a few.
Lord surely some would keep their Faith,
And trust alone in You.

As Sodom and her sisters,
Lie prosperous on the plain,
So surely there are ten or more,
Who still call on your name.

Preserve them Lord, preserve them,
Before it is too late.
I know there must be eight or more,
Who trust your Holy state.

Deliver Lord, deliver,
From judgment’s righteous call.
If there be only six or more,
Would you deliver all?

I feel Your anger kindled Lord,
And evil cannot win.
If I can find you four or more,
Will You forget this sin?

So be it Lord, So be it,
Justice demands your wrath.
You never change or compromise,
They freely chose their path.

Surely there’s a righteous man,
Lord, maybe there are two.
Is there only one who keeps his faith,
Alone I trust in You.

 

 

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Illustration by Jonas Åkerlund (gerezon) DeviantArt

 

 In this chapter Dracúl’s search for Lilith brought him to Sodom, a damned city. This city along with the city of Gomorrah had been targeted for destruction by God. Messenger Angels came to warn the only righteous man in Sodom, Lot, to leave the city at once lest he and his family be destroyed along with the Lilituens and demons that reside there.

Dracúl had met Lot’s daughter, Plitith outside the city gates where she broke Sodom law by feeding the poor, sick and starving people who had been banished to the desert outside the city to die. He gave her all the food and water in his possession to help and afterward she invited him to her home where he heard God’s messengers warn her family to leave the city of Sodom at once or die. Dracúl decided to help Plitith and her family escape before it was too late.

 

 

Excerpt from Son of the Serpent:

 

I put my arm around Plitith, and we hurried out of the city. The moment we traversed the gates, they closed behind us, with the deafening groan and clank of bolts sliding into place, as if God Himself had bolted them shut.

      Lot led us in the direction the angels had told him to go. At first we ran and then walked as fast as we could. Lot held a shroud over his wife and younger daughter’s heads, trying to shield them from whatever was happening behind us. The look of discontent on Lot’s wife’s face concerned me. I was compelled to remind them of the angels’ warning again.

      “Let’s not forget what God’s messengers told us,” I said, watching Lot’s wife. “Do not look back toward Sodom, no matter what you hear.” I pressed Plitith closer to me, and we continued our escape.

      Before we got much farther, a thunderous growl made the ground beneath our feet tremble. Plitith gasped and Lot held his wife and youngest daughter closer as they screamed.

      “Keep moving!” I rushed, pushing Plitith along as Lot and the others lagged behind. “You must move faster!” I was no longer a child who jumped at the smallest noises, but the sounds we heard would bring the bravest man to his knees.

      Lot hurried and ran beside us, pushing his young daughter along ahead of him as we hastened toward the mountains. I kept an eye on Lot’s wife. She peered over her shoulder several times, and then she pulled away from Lot, stopped in her tracks, and looked back at the city of Sodom.

      “No, no, no!” Lot cried as he reached for her, but his daughter did not let him go to her. He fell to the ground and sobbed while she tried to lift him.

      “Help your sister and father. Do not look back or allow them to turn,” I whispered to Plitith.

She held on to me and shook her head. “Do not fear. I will not look.”

      I toddled backward until I was beside his wife. She looked frozen––pale and motionless, her eyes fixed on the city of Sodom. I moved back further to stand before her, my back to the city. I waved my hand in front of her eyes, but they did not blink.

      Then I heard a soft crackling and hissing coming from below. I crouched next to her legs and looked. Her body, beginning with her feet, altered before my eyes, transforming into tiny, colorless crystals. A briny scent wafted into my nostrils and burned. She had turned into a statue of salt. I scrambled to my feet and reached out to touch her neck with one shaking finger. I gasped as she crumbled before me.

      “Dracúl, help us!” Plitith and her sister were trying to get their father off the ground, where he lay facedown sobbing. I ran to them and helped get him to his feet.

      The sun burned orange and sank, and the moon threw its shadow to the earth. “We must hurry.” I took the youngest and put her ahead of us. Lot walked with faltering steps, swaying and tottering as he wailed, so Plitith and I put our arms around him and dragged him along.

      “What of my mother?” Her voice was soft and brittle. Lot and her sister turned their sights to me, also waiting for an answer.

      “She perished the instant her eyes gazed upon Sodom. Her body changed into a sort of crystalline mixture––salt. She was converted into a statue of salt. She crumbled to the ground before me and was carried away by the wind.” Shocked faces stared back at me, and then they wept in silence.

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30 Responses to “Poetry Friday ~ Sodom And Gomorrah”

  1. John W. Howell May 3, 2019 at 11:56 am #

    Super excerpt, Vashti.

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  2. coldhandboyack May 3, 2019 at 12:13 pm #

    Nice excerpt.

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  3. D.L Finn, Author May 3, 2019 at 12:28 pm #

    Perfect poem for your story, Vashti:) That was an intense moment from the book, I wonder if I would be tempted to look, too.

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    • Vashti Q May 3, 2019 at 1:31 pm #

      Thank you, Denise! With all the noises and smells, it would be very tempting to look but I would be thinking of those consequences. ❤

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  4. balroop2013 May 3, 2019 at 1:04 pm #

    Thanks for sharing this beautiful poem… I too believe “evil cannot win.” Your books highlight this fact despite all the dark alleys they wander!

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    • Vashti Q May 3, 2019 at 1:37 pm #

      Thank you, Balroop! I’m happy you enjoyed the poem. I believe that wholeheartedly. ❤

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  5. Jacquie Biggar May 3, 2019 at 1:09 pm #

    Frightening! God had his own way of ending chaos, didn’t he?

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    • Vashti Q May 3, 2019 at 1:38 pm #

      He sure did, Jacquie. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment, my friend! Happy Friday! 😀 xo

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  6. olganm May 3, 2019 at 1:24 pm #

    Fabulous excerpt and poem, Vashti.

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    • Vashti Q May 3, 2019 at 1:39 pm #

      Thank you, Olga. I’m thrilled that you enjoyed the post. Have a wonderful weekend! ❤

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  7. Priscilla Bettis May 3, 2019 at 2:33 pm #

    Good excerpt! And you’re right, the poem fits. I enjoyed this post.:-)

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    • Vashti Q May 3, 2019 at 3:26 pm #

      Hi, Priscilla! Thank you. I’m happy you enjoyed the post. Have a great weekend! 😀 xo

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  8. Jill Weatherholt May 3, 2019 at 8:31 pm #

    Great excerpt, Vashti! ❤

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  9. Guy Worthey May 3, 2019 at 10:50 pm #

    I’d be doomed at all the biblical don’ts. Don’t eat the apple, don’t look back, don’t eat chocolate. (Or was it pork?)

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    • Vashti Q May 5, 2019 at 11:50 am #

      Ha, ha! I love your wit and humor, Guy! Happy Sunday! BTW, it’s pork. 😉

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  10. rijanjks May 4, 2019 at 9:50 am #

    Fantastic poem and excerpt, Vashti! Son of the Serpent is waiting patiently in line on my bulging Kindle. 🙂

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    • Vashti Q May 5, 2019 at 11:55 am #

      Thank you very much, Jan! My Kindle is bursting at the seams too, so I know what you mean. 😀 xo

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  11. Natalie Ducey May 4, 2019 at 11:21 am #

    Intense. Vashti, you’re a brilliant writer! Cheers to you, my friend. 🙂

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    • Vashti Q May 5, 2019 at 11:56 am #

      Hi, Natalie! Happy Sunday! Thank you so much for your lovely comment. I’m glad you enjoyed the post. Enjoy the day! ❤

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  12. mihrank May 4, 2019 at 3:28 pm #

    simply impressive and powerful….

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    • Vashti Q May 5, 2019 at 11:57 am #

      Hello, Mino! Thank you and Happy Sunday! 😀 xo

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  13. dgkaye May 4, 2019 at 11:53 pm #

    One of my favorite parts of the book Vashti, among others, and what a fantastical poem to mesh beautifully. ❤

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    • Vashti Q May 5, 2019 at 11:59 am #

      Thank you, Debby! I read the poem and thought, wow, perfect! Thank you, my friend! Happy Sunday! ❤ xo

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  14. D. Wallace Peach May 6, 2019 at 10:15 am #

    What a scene, Vashti. Riveting. 🙂

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  15. yvettemcalleiro May 12, 2019 at 12:20 pm #

    I haven’t gotten around to reading Son the Serpent yet, but I am looking forward to it! 🙂

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