Miraculous Day Of An Early Sundial
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I only tell of sunny hours…..
of my life during King Ahaz’s days
when I felt the warm, embracing rays
as that golden orb did shimmer and blaze.
Day after day, I was loyal
performing my time keeping toil
for the king and the family royal.
Of the coming miracle I had no intuition
that God would answer a prophet’s petition
and upon my great slabs, it would come to fruition.
The shadow upon my steps did seize
actually went backward ten degrees
a wonder that God performed with ease.
If I had not watched it with mine own eye
I would have thought it tall tale or lie
that perhaps some historians did falsify.
I gasped in amazement as El Sol did retreat
up my hard, stony frame with his warm vapor feet
until ten gradations were complete.
Never did I think that I would behold
the sun do a reverse and be so bold.
I was toasty at first, then left stone cold.
It is not my intent to hoodwink or deceive
if my testimony you would receive
read 2 Kings 20 and choose to believe.
submitted for Sundial Wisdom Poetry Contest sponsored by Julia Ward
The dial of Ahaz mentioned in 2 Kings 20 and also Isaiah 38 is believed by many Biblical scholars to actually have been a staircase. The Hebrew word ma’aloth, which is used for dial can be translated degrees, steps or stairs, and it is unclear as to what the meaning would be in this case. I took some poetic liberty and chose to use stairs in this writing.
Copyright © Carol Connell | Year Posted 2019