Elijah told Elisha that he had to go away.
The Lord sent him to Bethel, so he told his friend to stay.
But Elisha let him know their parting would not come to be.
"As the Lord and thy soul liveth, " he said, "I will not leave thee."
So they went to Bethel where Elisha heard some prophets say,
"The Lord is going to take your master from you on this day."
"I know this, " said Elisha, "so don't speak of it to me."
And two more times would he reject his master's selfless plea.
Then when they reached the Jordan River, everyone around
Watched Elijah part the waters and the two cross on dry ground.
Once they had crossed, Elijah—to Elisha—turned to say,
"What can I do for you before the Lord takes me away? "
To which Elisha did reply, "Please, Master, have a care.
I ask that, of your spirit, you give me a double share."
Elijah told Elisha, "My friend, this I cannot do.
For what you ask of me, the Lord alone can give to you.
But if you see me when the Lord's whirlwind takes me away,
Then you'll receive the blessing that you've asked of me today."
So when the chariot of fire from God came to the ground,
And Elijah and Elisha stood with fire all around,
Elijah went to Heaven and Elisha stood in awe.
For his request would be fulfilled; you see, Elisha saw!
William Chaplar's Other Poems
Read this poem in other languages
This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.
Comments about this poem (Elisha Saw! by William Chaplar )
The Road Not Taken
If You Forget Me
Still I Rise
Edgar Allan Poe
I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings
Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
William Ernest Henley
- Firewater, Sadiqullah Khan
- Multiplied By Each Mind, Margaret Alice Second
- de reporter, co the skipper
- Knock the Door Down, Sadiqullah Khan
- Trails Of Love, Lilly Emery
- The Scars, Sadiqullah Khan
- Much Grief, Sadiqullah Khan
- Coffee Republic, Sadiqullah Khan
- Beauty, Claudia Andrea Casas
- Father-son, Nassy Fesharaki