Aphelion Issue 275, Volume 26
August 2022
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Found Reckoning

by Jean Jones

Noun: 1. A cause of great distress or annoyance.
2. Something, typically poison, that causes death.

Man: What are you?
Bane: I'm Gotham 's reckoning.

A settling of accounts,
some unpleasant truths,
a summing up,
out of the reckoning, or
in the reckoning,
placing a value,
death or destruction,
bone, curse,
who is coming? What is coming?
Destroyer, ruin, nemesis,
scourge, what are you? Who are you?
What do you want?

"For the Lord will hold a reckoning upon the earth, making it efficacious and brief.
What will you do on the day of reckoning, when disaster comes from afar?
To whom will you run for help? Where will you leave your riches?
Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, who would make a reckoning with his servants.
Then the master called the servant in. 'You wicked servant,' he said,
'I canceled all that debt of yours because you begged me to.
Shouldn't you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?'
In anger his master handed him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed."

"You think this is gonna last? There's a storm coming Mr. Wayne.
You and your friends better batten down the hatches,
'cause when it hits, you're all gonna wonder how you ever
thought you could live so large,
and leave so little for the rest of us."

Luke 19:26-27
New International Version (NIV)

26 "He replied, 'I tell you that to everyone who has, more will be given, but as for the one who has nothing, even what they have will be taken away.
27 But those enemies of mine who did not want me to be king over them - bring them here and kill them in front of me.'"

© 2012 Jean Jones

Jean Jones attended St. Andrews Presbyterian College and received his B.A. in English from the University of North Carolina Wilmington. He later went on to receive an M.F.A. degree in creative writing from Bowling Green State University .

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