A couple of days ago, I published my poem concerning Job crying out to God and the blog post was not really a blog post — it was just the poem, itself. I received a lot less satisfaction out of that decision than I thought I would. I should be able to come up with at least one anecdote concerning my poems. Else, I should cease the blogs.
It would be interesting for me to know how many readers (or, if anyone) noticed the different styles used for each particular speaker. With today's poem, there have been three characters introduced thus far in the book of Job. And I gave each of them a different voice, or rhyming scheme.
Job sounds like this:
ta ta TUM ta ta birth ta ta TUM ta ta earth
ta ta TUM ta ta TUM ta ta born
ta ta TUM ta ta grieved ta ta TUM ta ta -ceived
ta ta TUM ta ta TUM ta ta scorn
ta TUM ta ta TUM ta distressing
ta TUM ta ta TUM ta ta speak
ta TUM ta ta TUM ta blessing
ta TUM ta ta TUM ta ta weak
And, today Bildad comes to life:
ta TUM ta ta TUM ta ta TUM ta ta blow
ta TUM ta ta TUM ta ta TUM ta ta fro
This wasn't a decision that was made until the second time I wrote from Job's point-of-view. The first of this series was Job. Great. The next two chapters were Eliphaz, and the second style just sort of happened. Great. The next chapter was Job again, and when I first looked at it, I wondered how I was going to proceed. At that point, I first considered each character having their own style.
Before that? It was a free-for-all. Whatever happened — happened. From the initial concept of writing a hodgepodge of various verses per chapter in whatever writing style I wanted has gone out the window!
I think that there are three more characters coming and I hope I can carry this idea to fruition with three more styles. I don't want to get to the point of resorting to some kind of Jabberwocky just to prove a point. So, pigeonholing myself this early in the game might lead to some less-than-desirable consequences as I continue on.
Bildad's First Response to Job
It ain't God . . . it's YOU
based on Job 8
How long will you bluster? How long will you blow?
Like wind, without sense, blasting words to and fro.
Does God bend his justice — however so slight?
Does God the Almighty pervert what is right?
Your children had sinned and God's judgement was served;
receiving God's justice they rightly deserved.
If you would ask God, even now, for his grace;
if your life is pure and you'd fall on your face:
he'd surely rise up on behalf of your fate,
restoring your life to your prosperous state.
Although your beginnings were humble, at best,
you'll find that your future will greatly be blessed.
Inquire of the past what your ancestors learned,
and heed any wisdom your parents discerned.
How smart can we be since just yesterday's birth?
A shadow that fades marks our time on the earth.
Will they not instruct you, their knowledge impart?
And teach you the wisdom and words from their heart?
Papyrus can't flourish without marsh or mire,
and water withheld from the reeds would be dire.
Uncut and in flower they will be the first
to wither more quickly than grass from their thirst.
For such are the ones without God in their lives:
the hope of the godless man never survives.
His confidence, fragile, just hangs by a thread;
he places his trust in a spidery web.
He leans on his web but it cannot withstand;
he tries to hold that which dissolves in his hand.
He's like the lush plant in the sun sprouting roots;
the garden is full of his branches and shoots.
His roots intertwining the stone heap to lock,
and finds there a home in the bed of the rock.
When torn and uprooted, the spot where he grew
disowns him by saying, I never saw you.
Such joy at the end of his life: he's erased,
while others take root and spring up in his place.
Behold, God rejects not the one who is pure,
nor will he let works of the evil endure.
For he will once more give your laughter a voice,
a shout from your lips and a cause to rejoice.
For shame are the clothing your enemies wear,
destroyed are their tents which are no longer there.
But if you will seek God earnestly and plead with the Almighty,
if you are pure and upright, even now he will rouse himself on your behalf
and restore you to your prosperous state.