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The Parable of the Shower

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“The Parable of the Shower”

Leah Bobet

Driving home from a visit to my parents, I found myself listening to a recent episode of Podcastle, Leah Bobet’s short story, “The Parable of the Shower.”

I wasn’t even sure that I was in the mood for fiction, and had been listening to pop songs from the 1940s, but the miles flew past beneath my wheels as I laughed at this tale of a young woman in Compton wrestling with an Angel of the Lord who appears in her shower with a mission from God she doesn’t want to accept.

The story has a serious message, about religion and free will, but it was the humor and the language that made me pause in the parking lot for an extra five minutes, when I got home, to hear the end.

The angel of the LORD cometh upon you in the shower at the worst possible moment: one hand placed upon thy right buttock and the other bearing soap, radio blaring, humming a heathen song of sin.

Fear not! he proclaimeth from the vicinity of the shampoo caddy, and the soap falleth from thy hand.

Motherfu—thou sayest, and then thou seest the light, the wings, the blazing eyes like sunlight and starlight both at once, and since thy mother raised thee right thou coverest thy mouth with one hand and makest the sign of the cross with the other. It is the soap-hand which covereth thy mouth: thou gett’st soap in thy mouth, and spittest—away from the angel of the LORD—and do not curse again though it is terrible hard.

The angel of the LORD he does laugh.






Written by Contented Reader

September 25, 2011 at 11:00 am

Posted in Reviews

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  1. Listening to this RIGHT NOW. Love it.

    Samantha Jones

    October 13, 2011 at 8:27 pm


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