After Cain murdered Abel, and moved to the east,
evil and violence continued and never ceased.
The devil lives in the hearts of all men.
I must tear everything down and start again.
There is only one man and his family of worth.
I shall spare them to repopulate the earth.
For forty days and nights, the rain shall fall.
The evil shall perish. The flood will drown them all.
Noah, you and your sons are skillful by hand.
You will appear strange building an ark on dry land.
Take all the animals of the earth by twos.
The hardiest that can be found you must choose.
With the strongest of wood, you shall build that great boat.
You, your family, and the animals, will be safely afloat.
Written especially for our fellow souper, Mystic Rose.
Copyright © Robert Pettit