no water from rock


when miriam died and the well
ran dry and israel’s arid soul
surged forth like sand in a
desert storm
moses tore open his robe
picked up his staff
and struck the rock over and
over and over there he remains
to this very day
sometimes when he dreams he
sees the face of god smiling in the rock
as it shatters into millions of
tiny shards but for now he’s still
flailing away at the hard stone
surface blinking away dry tears while the
the people howl at him in white hot
rage why did you make us leave egypt
to bring us to this wretched place
why there isn’t even
any water for us
to drink

(Numbers 20:1-11)

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2 Comments on “no water from rock”

  1. Julie Parson Nesbitt says:

    I was just reading this story to my 7 year old last night and trying to explain why the people turned against Moses.

  2. Marie says:

    Poor Moses. How many times did he ask God not to give up on the Israelites? No wonder he beat up on the rock. He could have used a drum set. I want to think that Moses didn’t go into the land because he died, not because he was punished. Unless–God is just as unfair as most administrators and politicians. How depressing is that?


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