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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.

2/11/19
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.

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Date: 2/12/2019 3:35:00 PM
Thank you for reminding me of this Biblical event, Carol in your well written poem.
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Carol Connell
Date: 2/12/2019 4:11:00 PM
And thank you for taking the time to read and comment, Wendy! :-)
Date: 2/12/2019 8:25:00 AM
Beautiful write on the biblical story Carol...best wishes..
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Carol Connell
Date: 2/12/2019 9:09:00 AM
Thank you, Joseph!
Date: 2/11/2019 5:52:00 PM
Carol, that is so cool and original, a fantastic read; good luck in the contest! xomo
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Carol Connell
Date: 2/11/2019 10:31:00 PM
Thank you for your kind words, Maureen! It’s not a well known event in the Bible, but it does tie in with the contest theme.