# Dust—All’s Yellow
"Lament some other human tragedy,"
Replies my final friend. "No more assault
Our ears with self-indulgent threnody
For losses which, in truth, are your own fault.1
You did not rail against divine decree
While basking in your health and wealth and name;
Now just conviction makes you disagree.
Vituperate yourself, for you're to blame.
You planted vetch, and now would harvest grape,
Sinned secretly, now innocence declaim.
The honey-crusted oozings that you scrape
Make evident your guilt, if not your shame.
Confess. Repent.2 No longer desecrate,
1: See Job 11. Job's third comforter, Zophar, directly challenges Job's claim of innocence, and tells him that his misery is a just punishment for Job's wickedness.
2: Confession precedes repentance. See Proverbs 28:13.
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