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The Wrath

The day of reckoning came as the rain, washing the scent of violence and greed from all who stood in it. Waters of justice rose, not to drown the wicked, but wash them, and those who swam in the sickness of hate and unforgiveness would crash on the rocks of a new shoreline. They would be left broken, in the twilight of lost hope. The tide of atonement brought up those who were low, and brought low those who bathed in pride, so that they might taste its rot, and breathe its stink. A man stood on the hill before a crowd. Every breath he took was rank with the hate around him. A voice carried up.
 "Do not look down from your high place! Will the wrath of God descend upon us?"
 He answers, "No. The wrath of God will depend upon you."


*From the incomplete book, "The Wrath" by Caleb Smith
I know...poetrysoup...not storysoup, but I am trying to find inspiration to finish, as I am stuck. I hoped posting a few parts of it would help. The poem, 'Holding Sand' is also from the book.



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  1. Date: 4/19/2013 1:21:00 PM

    May the warmth of Affinity's Seas forever hold you in it's inspirational embrace, I hope your book will find it's way to South African shores, You are truly a savant master teller of tales within tales Caleb.

  1. Date: 4/18/2013 3:45:00 PM

    Well, you have got something going that should get finished! If this isn't a historical piece, I'd suggest using contractions when you can (iel Do not look down --> Don't look down. I took a writing course, and it helped with some of the fine tuning. If interested, I can recommend some fab resource books. Let me know. :) As it stands, you have some interesting characters... best of wishes and a nudge for more, Cyndi

  1. Date: 4/18/2013 3:33:00 PM

    Caleb, wow, I bet this will be a stunning book when completed. You will have to soupmail or email me sometime to tell me details about it!!! like the main theme, for example! and I see you have met my delightful friend Nikko (aka enn pee) Isn't she a sweetie?

  1. Date: 4/18/2013 1:14:00 PM

    Also, I want to thank you Caleb for reading my poems back-to-back, and for adding me as a fave-- I am honestly humbled with that, warms' my writer's heart-- oh shucks... you are too kind! I haven't written much, and I appreciate you reading my poems (compared to years back..I was a glutton for the Soup contests here). Reading your works shows your great talent with writing, so for you to say what you say about my poems mean a lot. Thank you :)!

  1. Date: 4/18/2013 1:09:00 PM

    How I hope you get unstuck! So this is a book, way to go for you for writing one! I wish you the best in finishing it-- it looks so promising! And kids are so fun, and those rubber insects and spiders, I think they just love 'em! My students love 'em anyhow. How cool, my captcha shows part of my second name-- I reckon I should give out my name? it's Nikko Palmario, thus the "enn pee"-- just me being silly-- I have a penchant for changing my names on here.

  1. Date: 4/17/2013 2:40:00 PM

    Keep on focusing to finish what you started..It ain t easy but you can do.it Caleb..Just give it time..Your muse will linger on its own when least expected as it does in every amazing poem you write.Well done Caleb..bravo

  1. Date: 4/16/2013 6:45:00 AM

    WOW! Sounds like quite a write. I hope you get over your writer's block and finish it up! I started a book when I was 15....well, let's just say in my mind it's already become a movie with a A list cast! ;) The name...yea...kind of cheesy...ready for it? The Broken Man! Oh well....let me encourage you not to let the years pass by! NOW is the time to make that dream come true! This sounds like awesome stuff!

  1. Date: 4/16/2013 1:30:00 AM

    That's such an awesome endeavor, to write a book! The task sounds quite daunting to me, but I hope you will one day finish it. From the little I've read so far, it's sounds captivating enough to wanna read the next page...

  1. Date: 4/15/2013 7:11:00 PM

    Wow Caleb can't believe this is the same guy who writes about grasshoppers and buggers....remember us when you are famous OK...

  1. Date: 4/15/2013 2:14:00 PM

    So. Darned. Cool. I don't care if it's not technically poetry - I love reading your narratives and I'm completely impressed that you are writing a book!!! I am not at all surprised that this is from the same book as "Holding Sand," since both pieces are so uniquely written and full of really fabulous imagery and ideas. In case you can't tell, I love this, Mr. Author!