Thursday, January 05, 2006

Job (Book of)

I ran
into my best friend
on the street.

How are you, I asked.

Not
too
good,
he replied.

I lost my job
and
my car got repo'd.
Half of my house caught on fire.
My sons and daughters are estranged from me.
My dog died.
My cat died.
I think my wife is having an affair.
And I have a kidney stone
that
will
not
pass.

"I feel like Job," he summed.

"Tough luck," I said.

I had a rendezvous
with someone
and I was late.
So,
I told him things
can now
only get
better.

We shook hands
and
parted.

Privately,
I thought;
It is quite arrogant
to think oneself
as
Job.

Job had a harder time.

Besides,
I don't remember
reading in the Bible
that Job's wife was having an affair

with
his
best
friend.

9 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I read in the Book of Job that Job's wife was the owner and frequent user of a large, black dildo.

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Blogger Noralil Fores said...

So amazing. There are no words. Love it. Love it.

January 05, 2006  
Blogger luc u! said...

:)

i like it ah lot

January 05, 2006  
Blogger In verse said...

A dark and sinister poem, it exudes the confusion and stark heartlessness of modernity.

Have you read Raymond Carver's collection of poems, All of Us?
I bet you will love him till death.

I haven't read bible or for that matter any religious text, except some great timeless epics and some excerpts...so did not get the JOB metaphor, but I could appreciate even without that.

It's a good, harsh poem. Great!

January 06, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Those of us that HAVE read the Bible know that Eugene, in addition to committing the sin of onanism whilst gripping the towelrack, has also broken number 7 of the Ten Commandments. You know, the one about adultery.

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