“And the LORD went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud, to lead them the way; and by night in a pillar of fire, to give them light; to go by day and night.”
Exodus 13:21 (King James Version)
The Prophets are out of work
and only one can take the stage.
But his message goes unheard,
drowned out by fear and rage.
He wishes that there was a way to reach
the weary and calloused crowd.
To cut through the hate,
he wishes to reinstate
the Pillars of Fire and Cloud.
The placards and banners clatter to the floor
when the revolution dies.
The Prophet wishes that he,
once again, could open the stagnant skies
but the power is not his to wield
and he feels a loss profound.
No signs of salvation
for this new generation,
no Pillars of Fire and Cloud.
So The Prophet abandons his calling
and turns his foresight to stocks.
So numb, his soul is falling
and being dashed upon the rocks.
Years pass. The Profit is a rich man,
unconcerned by Things Above.
He’s shackled to a family that he’d rather ignore
and to a wife whom he’d rather not love.
He spends his nights awake,
for he can’t escape the sound
of the sweet, small voice that threatens to return
in a Pillar of Fire and Cloud.
So The Prophet regains his conviction,
and rekindles his Holy fire.
His words become weapons to convict and condemn
and tools to love and inspire.
His message is heard in the heavens,
and it echoes underground.
The Prophet is a madman, a zealot and king.
He’s a Pillar of Fire and Cloud.
I had Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen on the brain as I wrote this, and it began to take shape as a song. However, I am not a musician. It’s up to you to mentally add any musical accompaniment 🙂 .