Fleeing the Creator
Jonah lept into the water
and was engulfed by a whale
In whose belly he fell into a dream
or maybe a vision.
When the whale grew tired of nurturing him
And threw him up,
Jonah swam to dry land
The place of refuge
And began to tell the people,
Those who would listen and those who would not,
That inside the belly of a whale is dark.
That the beating of a whale’s heart is deafening.
That drinking sea water on an empty stomach makes one ill.
The one thing he had learned,
Was that there are better ways of being
Than the ones he knew before.