Reign of Fear

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November 17, 2014 by Melanie L.

Rainbows over arid land
gave credence to His promise
never again
to flood the peaks.

Mankind proliferated.
But, infected floodwater fomented human fear.
Nations cleaved, dropped bombs,
rained rockets.

Hamstrung by ancient covenant,
He awaits revival.
Man’s turn
to end the reign.

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12 thoughts on “Reign of Fear

  1. KymmInBarcelona says:

    (Credence!)
    I like the way you went from rainbow to rockets.

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    • Melanie L. says:

      Thanks! I do too, though I’m sure the Man upstairs isn’t as pleased with the rainbows to rockets deal. Oh and yeah, I tried to pay tribute to Creedence Clearwater Revival in there. I also arranged my paragraphs to match their song’s verses: ancient past, recent past, present.

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  2. Holy smokes. Chill-inducing.

    I like this idea that “He” promised never again because he knew humankind would take care of their own destruction. He could wipe his hands of it and sit back as we flooded our rivers, lakes and oceans with poison. Damn. Dark thought.

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    • Melanie L. says:

      Thanks. I’m feeling pretty cynical about world peace at the moment. Plus, I had a good dose of “Frozen” this past weekend (which if you haven’t seen it, is all about how fear is our own worst enemy).

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      • Melanie L. says:

        (and that love is the antidote)

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        • I guess the optimistic twist would be that the earth won’t be destroyed by some eye in sky, but by us. How is that optimistic??? Well, because if we have the power to destroy it, do we not also posses the power to stop that destruction? I’m not saying we will, I’m just trying to stay hopeful. And on that note, maybe I’ll watch this Frozen movie and learn about the power of love.

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  3. theinnerzone says:

    “Man’s turn to end the reign!” Very chilling. And so cleverly done in just 42 words. Great job, Melanie.

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  4. Sarah Ann says:

    So wonderfully done – such a succinct history, and your last line says it all.

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  5. I like the twist on the prompt and the word “rain/reign”!

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Melanie L.

Melanie L.

I'm a happily re-married, full-time lawyer, and full-time mom raising two adorable vilde chayas (Yiddish: wild things) named Monkey and Peanut (not their real names!). I am often seen in public counting to three. In addition to parenting and writing, I also love photography, cosmology, evolutionary anthropology, and all things Israel.

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