Measuring Tape

Before the rain, before the clouds even
I felt a change, a part of you leaving
You went outside, you didn’t say goodbye
You didn’t look at me, you just picked up your measuring tape

And all I wanted was to understand
How you grew into this other man
Who built a giant boat in his backyard

And two by two, I watched them follow you
And in the end I followed too, what else could I do
There was no night, there was no day
But you promised there was color underneath the gray

The scientists took all their measurements
The preachers said that it was heaven-sent
And you below deck with your head bent

Just like you said, we came to rest
But what about the others, the ones who failed the test

So you were right, so we survived
But when I looked into your eyes
I saw the ones we left behind

And all I wanted was to understand
How you grew into this other man
Who built a giant boat in our backyard


 

What would it feel like to have your husband know the destruction of the planet was imminent, to watch him build a boat, save your family and some animals, and leave the rest of the world behind? 
About Noah’s wife (Genesis 6).