Why God Smiles

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The first of the drops fell

One man upon whom the blessing graced

Cried, overcome with passion:

That’s my prayer brought down this drop!

Then fell a second, a third

Twenty drops, a hundred

A second man, ecstatic his tone:

My prayer answered!

A third raised his hands up to the heavens

In gratitude

Twenty men kissed the crackling earth

A hundred men danced for joy

The drops fell

The drizzle turned to rain

Everyone rejoiced

For a day

Another day

And a half

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Three days, five days later

What was divine benevolence

Now overwhelmed

What was a shower

Now a deluge!

The first man pointed his finger at the second

The second at the third

The third at the twenty

The twenty at the hundred

Each accusing the other

Of praying too hard

Of praying inconsistently

Of praying devotion-lessly…

Up in the heavens

God smiled as always

Going about His work

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