5Where she had loved, borne children, broken bread,
6Until God's angels, angry, visited
7All heaven's wrath upon its guiltless door.
8One anguished look before
9Street, temple, vine-yard, her whole past, were ash.
10If she was rash
11Were tears not salt enough?
12Forgive her, then, that blind
13And backward glance. Who has not looked behind?
1] God's angels took Lot, his wife, and their two daughters and sons-in-law from their home in Sodom and Gomorrah before raining brimstone and fire down on those cities of the plain and destroying them. God also warned: "Escape for thy life; look not behind thee, neither stay thou in all the plain; escape to the mountain, lest thou be consumed." After the cities were no more, Lot's "wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt" (Genesis 19:26). Back to Line
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