Forsaken Nineveh// Jonah
Down in the belly of the broken vessel,
the faultless- to a death reserved.
*Nineveh- You cried out
Patron goddess; broken city of damnation
Split amongst Israel and Damascus,
Set apart for destruction- you refused your calling.
Oh, cry out to the Wind; resist as you may- but atlas the Wind demands its (his, her, their) penance.
Cast lots- cast overboard,
ceasing to: protest.
Encapsulated in porous ivory and rotten waste- here i composed a prayer:
Three days Death ensnared by a reckless love; lust; desire,
Heaved up and out- on my journey i returned- begrudgingly
i sat and waited- knowing well that Your punishment would wash over these immoral ones.
Washed it, You did;
White- You called out
[purity, virginity, innocence, illumination, cleanliness, sterility, spirituality, humility, sincerity, protection, softness, and perfection]
A sincere cleansing, illuminating the innocence of a pure virgin whose sterile womb was a host to the sincerity of Your protection- Your Goddamned request for softness; perfection.
i sat- shaded by the lush leafy greens of Your creation.
i was satisfied, then.
By the next day- the provisional shade was defeated and i was scorched by waves of heat.
my core boiled, my lips parched; i cried out in blasphemes anger.
You choose redemption over destruction.
“you had loving-pity on the plant which you did not work for. you did not cause it to grow. It came up during the night and died during the night. And should I not have loving-pity for Nineveh? people who do not know the difference between their right and left?”