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Gahazi’s Lament

By: Ardis E. Parshall - June 05, 2012

Gahazi’s Lament

By Bess Samuel Ayres

I tried to heal the Shunammite;
I held my staff in vain;
My lies, my greed for worldly goods
Brought old Elisha pain.
I coveted the kingly robes,
The gold of Naaman’s hands;
I wove the lie of prophet’s sons,
And ran across the sands.
And now I wear this tarnished robe
Amid these hills and stones
And live among the leper tribe,
With bleached and dying bones.
I might have worn Elisha’s cloak,
As prophet, healer, seer,
Instead, I chose this gaudy coat, –
And now I perish here.

(1937)



1 Comment »

  1. Hmm. I haven’t thought about this story from the perspective of Elisha’s servant before. Like many tales from the Old Testament, the punishment seems far more than the crime deserved from my modern perspective.

    Comment by The Other Clark — June 6, 2012 @ 11:20 am

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