Ten ewes, three rams, a dozen lambs,
two homers of the finest grain,
a camel skin, translucent thin
the price lord Laban's to attain
this slave. These hands for toil's demands
his farthest thought, to entertain
as concubine, strong sons define
his wealth, whose power they sustain.
To have a choice to add one's voice
when you're the focus of decision,
a heady thought, before you're bought
and masters laugh in mock derision,
past puberty, pure property,
choice cattle sold in prime condition.
First Leah's four and when no more
she sent me to his sleeping side;
two sons I bore, not long before
another pair sustained her pride.
All women change as Fates arrange
in birth, new life she shall provide,
sustaining fare, protective care
whose future hopes in Jacob hide.
His lot in life, avoiding strife
that he induced, and must reside
in alien lands, while Esau's stands.
Yet, Wisdom did make him decide
to give prestige to Leah's slave
so Zilpah's sons, as heirs divide.
Women of the Word
Poems From the Goober Tree http://nathoo.wustl.edu/goober_tree.htm