"The Dead Sea: As Low as it Gets" Sedom by gilabrand

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What the Sky Witnesses...
by Margaret J. Hoehn

Flee for your lives! Look not behind thee...(Genesis 19:17)

This water, this lake of brine
is shamed, is shunned. It flows
nowhere except unto itself. No
outlet unravels a blue thread
from the brittle edge. What
escapes must do so by air and
never look back. What once

ran sweet has traded itself
for salt, and hourly begs for
more. It cannot soothe
the cracked land. It loathes
to be drunk: gives nothing
to the traveler but the gift of
thirst. If you should, after

frantically fleeing for days
beneath the throbbing sun,
fall to your knees and splash
this liquid to your face--it
will sting like grief, like
the tears that Lot's stunned
wife might weep if she could.


Not Good for Nothing

No fish swim here, but leave it to the Jewish noggin to come up with something the Dead Sea is good for: salts and minerals that can be used to make soap and beauty products.

  • Last visit to Sedom: May 2005
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • calcaf38's Profile Photo
    Mar 16, 2008 at 1:13 PM

    Thank you for the birthday wishes... and ratings. Have a great week, you red hot Momma.

  • fabrice's Profile Photo
    Nov 26, 2006 at 2:13 AM

    I remember the heat in summer in the dead sea region , eyze khom be'emet

  • uglyscot's Profile Photo
    Jun 17, 2006 at 12:09 AM

    Wonderful picture. The poem is so true. I've never tasted such awful water as that of the Dead Sea. It was accidental and burned my throat. But it's great to float on!


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