J. Crouse

Two Days in Ziklag

Now there was a certain man of Ramathaim-zophim,
of the hill-country of Ephraim, and his name was Elkanah,
the son of Jeroham, the son of Elihu, the son of Tohu,
the son of Zuph, an Ephraimite:

Between the two is still one
Against each cut not by itself
Found living; having had already,
After the fact anticipated
An outside vulnerability:
Collect in case
                               Put upon,
Unless will eagerly for
From somewhere else hurt somewhere else
From going feared mistaken.
Rid amount pass time with less
You can spread biology now
Defining allowance of life;
Risking example, seemingly,
Despite remaining anonymous:
Stubborn weaken,
Rendering trust
Unable to when given to
Anticipate, need realize
Like others changed depriving
Help, I'm unprepared.
Too much happens where they are
What they have for now for nothing
So for everyone are they
                                              Accounted for
Harm regained demanding;
Recommending self-design;
Recognizing offerings
Through Providence.
Whose fault is it? More than one
Beg forgiveness who you are
Will not change the fact;
Refusing to persuade is unfair:
Know how not to fail;
Persistence could express surprise
Useless, though unknown,
Is grudgingly going back generations
Gaining perspective
Fearing reaction
Together, decidedly begs obligation
Enforces believing, you do not know
Using your judgment
                                      Made anymore
Proceeding to know in return understanding
Not, why not trust; trust in me
And my opinion imposed
In front of do all secretly do what
Yes, a message violates
No, I heard they arrived as predicted
Demanding compensation;
Respective vision was enough:
Provoking abandonment
Adding communally
Spent, a method if after invasively
Changing standards
                                    Are suspected
Too, of being merciful.
Marked recognition will not persuade
The outer layers of truth with assistance
Will comply, cooperate,
I have your word unseen.
It will not happen
Either used to or to who do
Care to help complacently
Anticipating patiently how many
Causes dampen;
Hiding places follow,
Instruct, mislead, display
Though punishing doubt decides
Something about long faces do feel
Unfair, counting for something
Specifically making it equally unsure
Doing for it, giving pause to
Unlike for another,
Believing a place will guide, assist,
Accuser, do not deviate;
Correctly done
Safely earmark:
That's what that is
Rumor using the whole thing proven
Adverse, well met after fear
Testing relations
Showing them who;
Contracted to, remove partaking
In residing, lived up to my half.
A routine discovery sounded hopeless; that is,
Not worth doing;
Allowing a thorough threat of large features
Reacting in body to epic events
In bonded agreement responsible to
A motive to ask
To get someone else:
Identify those who coax in secret
Knowing now whoever wins
Can't it is too much.
You do not want the impossible anyway
Left at that, we do not care
A decision to document also was
As wrong as anger was awhile.
And Moab rebelled against Israel after the death of Ahab.
Beg until lied to continue;
Confident, even determined;
Just wait, during where,
What transpired ended
Retained, or else considered;
Obeying, kept the same
An offer, did again unsuited
Seem an easy case planned out
Ahead, dismantled, summoned when
Not knowing, need not show
An interest in a guilt as typical
Of an admission arranged
In order, but to have no choice,
To get it wrong again.
Reported covered, overanxious
Truces wasted trust;
A slightly accidental cause
Amounted, treated, opportune
Unexpected, taken care of
Right here all along.
You are seeing what?
Revise, a group correct
A threat imposed
Permit no part in demarcating
Property declared confronted
In the detail add specific
Drama ordered emphasis
Provided more intended than
Was set up and confirmed.
My message it was empty
Example: everyone prepare;
Take a side, question not
Exactly what proceeds;
Familiar asking first,
If time aspired not to happen
Compare to transfer to the same
Personal gesture, ready;
Authoritarian mercy turned
The other way around
Petitioned kinship, showed too late
To have it all come out.
Long beginning, urgently,
To trick and take advantage;
Inspiration limiting
A situation challenging
The smooth transition stated as
Unstable and reversing isn't stopping, meeting
Changing purpose; consequences of prostration
Trying to resist. Marking, checking
Counting presentation is anonymously
Slaughtering confusion over ending, prompting
Putting up to, for convenience sake.
Specifics did act action less than
Privy to archival gaps
Would either, having carved agree
                                                                Influence not
Till taken care
To go along with what has happened
More than what they were to do
Apart, alone each halfway safe
Too much to figure out.
Changes here
That should do it; you can see
Compassion through instruction.
Repeating toward responding;
Facilitating also orders
Taken down, for all the wrong
Come crawling back obeying;
Known already, where intruding
Selflessly conforming making
Made naive conditions outside
Need to do it different.
Plan ahead all taken care of
Having told from here it had
And will, from where they left off to
Consider how intangibly
Comfort chooses carelessly
Leading, trying, to outsmart
The future, kept away from things,
For you and yours at fault.
Now king David was old and stricken in years;
and they covered him with clothes, but he gat no heat.

And it came to pass after the death of Saul,
when David was returned from the slaughter of the Amalekites,
and David had abode two days in Ziklag.

Process note. Using the first and second books of Samuel and Kings of the Old Testament quoting the first verse of the first chapter of the first book of Samuel (1. 1Sa 1:1) moving to the second book of Samuel choosing any verse of any chapter using pseudo divination writing down that occurring while reading the verse moving back and forth between the first and second books of Samuel back to the first book of Samuel moving ahead to the second book of Kings quoting the first verse of the first chapter (202. 2Ki 1:1) moving back to the first book of Kings using pseudo divination back and forth to the second book of Kings quoting the first verse of the first chapter of the first book of Kings (403. 1Ki 1:1) quoting the first verse of the first chapter of second book of Samuel (404. 2Sa 1:1) using the last verse the title using the word “two” of the 1-2 / 2-1 movement used. J.C.

J. Crouse lives in New York City.
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