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H. Arlequin
since 08-23-99
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0 posted 11-13-1999 03:20 AM       View Profile for H. Arlequin   Email H. Arlequin   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions   Click to visit H. Arlequin's Home Page   View IP for H. Arlequin


I Property

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.

II Prosperity

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.

--H. Arlequin
Women of the Word
Poems From the Goober Tree
© Copyright 1999 H. Arlequin - All Rights Reserved
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since 08-15-99
Posts 1966
Sitting in Michael's Lap

1 posted 11-13-1999 09:16 AM       View Profile for Skyfyre   Email Skyfyre   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Skyfyre

I love your "Women of the Word" series. 'Tis wonderful to read some of my favorite bible stories and characters brought to life in your verse. Please, keep them coming!

PS: When is it Ruth's turn? She has had more than one famous poem written about her ... I'm sure you could come up with something equally fascinating.


"Nunc lento sonitu dicunt, morierus"
Now as I hear this bell tolling softly for another, it says to me, "Thou must die."

Member Seraphic
since 08-22-99
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2 posted 11-13-1999 11:57 AM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

Yes, you have a way of bringing these ancients alive with your words!


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since 08-16-99
Posts 1251

3 posted 11-13-1999 12:05 PM       View Profile for caroline   Email caroline   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for caroline

H, I admire your work immensely. Your talent is awesome Another excellent piece from your pen!

"Tread softly, for I have spread my dreams under your feet"~~William Butler Yeats

Kenneth Ray Taylor
since 11-11-1999
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Duluth, Minnesota, USA

4 posted 11-13-1999 09:38 PM       View Profile for Kenneth Ray Taylor   Email Kenneth Ray Taylor   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Kenneth Ray Taylor

Another excellent poem. It invokes the senses strongly. Do I sense a "Genesis Epic" materializing?
snow in summer
since 08-28-99
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5 posted 11-30-1999 02:04 PM       View Profile for snow in summer   Email snow in summer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for snow in summer

Ditto all the above. I am enjoying this series very much HA. Please keep writing!
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