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H. Arlequin
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Dinah

I Family

Ten siblings, brothers all,
profess that I was spoiled,
pampered in their doting care.
With each one handsome, tall,
around my finger coiled
in time, refusals rare,

no outrageous, childhood dream
would they deny. In time
I played the exiled queen,
a desert robber team
had stolen, her sublime
appearance never seen

again by prince or king,
till she could lead her grand
revolt. Pubescence changed
the game, content to bring
pensive stares and Time's demand
some roles be rearranged.


II Force

Since the days of Abraham
it's been our way to move
and spread throughout a choice
domain to pasture ewe and lamb.
Wealth and numbers would behoove
walled cities heed the voice

of Yakov's clan, good friend,
relentless enemy,
defensive of their own.
I did a message send
to visit, their city see,
two maids my slave had known

for life. Arrogant eyes
all honor defy, surprise
and fear turned pain to rage.
When Sheckem could despise
Dinah's furious, pleading cries,
he did his death presage.


III Fury

Remorse, at first, then love,
his father said, my hand
in marriage, sought advice
his son should pay above
the justice clans demand.
"Circumcision's the price,

to every man of age
within the city." Three
days and still unwell,
the sickly appendage,
fearsome tribal fury
that sent the whole to hell,

revisited. Levi,
Simeon, too, with sword,
in vengeful fury slew
the lot. "Oh, could I die
as well, than turn toward
home, shame in full view."


--H. Arlequin
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Women of the Word
Poems From the Goober Tree http://nathoo.wustl.edu/goober_tree.htm

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Another WELL DONE H.A.!

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Thanks for another great one from the Women of the Word series... I love them all.
 
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