But the LORD hardened Pharaoh's heart, and he was unwilling to let them go. Then Pharaoh said to him, "Get away from me! Take care that you do not see my face again, for on the day you see my face you shall die." Moses said, "Just as you say! I will never see your face again."
The LORD said to Moses, "I will bring one more plague upon Pharaoh and upon Egypt; afterwards he will let you go from here; indeed, when he lets you go, he will drive you away...
<Moses speaks aloud the Lord's promise to murder all the first born children in Egypt>
"Then there will be a loud cry throughout the whole land of Egypt, such as has never been or will ever be again. But not a dog shall growl at any of the Israelites - not at people, not at animals - so that you may know that the LORD makes a distinction between Egypt and Israel. Then all these officials of yours shall come down to me, and bow low to me, saying, 'Leave us, you and all the people who follow you.' After that I will leave." And in hot anger Moses left Pharaoh
~Exodus 10:27-29, 11:1, 6-8
The frogs weren't enough to abandon the fruitless quest to own people?
Every plague worst than the rest
manifested in all the ugliness God could muster:
The water in all of Egypt turned to blood
the rivers, the ponds, the drinking bowls and cups.
Gazillions of frogs poured out of the rivers
into the houses, the bedrooms, even into the BEDS
on top of the people, in their ovens, the bowls in which they made bread.
Flies, swarming through the air
inside and out, covering the ground
have you ever been to the Great Salt Lake?
A murrain upon the livestock
dead animals everywhere.
Boils. The Lord covered them with boils.
Sores upon their bodies in all sorts
of uncomfortable places.
Thunder and hail
such as had never been seen
since the foundation of Egypt.
Locusts, so thick they couldn't see the earth
and they would eat everything
that the hail had not yet destroyed.
Three days of darkness
such that all the Egyptians could not leave their homes
And finally, desperately, vengefully
the death of the first born of everyone
from Pharaoh's house to the slums
to the beasts of the fields
How stubborn must one be to withstand such terror?
The Lord had me at lice. LICE!
I've kissed a few frogs in my life, anyway
How did Pharaoh's people just sit in complicity
while everything around them turned
to death and misery?
How complacent/complicit are we?
Do we think that because the frogs are dying out
that The Lord cannot find some new, fresh plague?
The bees are dying too, you know
and three nights of darkness is impossible to find
with the flood of light we pour out on this earth
but there isn't fuel to last forever
what will we do when the night presses in
in the hell we created for ourselves?
do we not see our own part
in systems of oppression and violence
as we wholesale grant our collective strength
to those who eat our slice of pie anyway?
And Moses--was there no other way
than to murder the first borns?
Was there not?
Your temper was legendary
And you left Pharaoh
hot with anger
Be careful what you wish for
because later a voice was heard in Ramah
and still later in Bethlehem
we reap what we sow
even to the 10th generation and beyond
Have you seen War of the Roses?
Love turns to hatred
escalates to vicious, petty horror
ends in death
for both parties
Beneath the hardened hearts
beneath the hot anger
is there no other way?
then we might as well have slit our own throats.