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H. Arlequin
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0 posted 11-23-1999 04:19 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

A poem about the son of Jacob and Rachel, Joseph, his wife Asenath, daughter to Potiphera, the high priest of On, in the reign of Djozer, Pharaoh of Egypt.

Stele suggest that Imhotep, the builder of the first hewn stone step pyramid, architect of the largest granary discovered in Egypt and later, himself high priest at On, was in fact Joseph.

(Imhotep, cuneiform inscription translated,
"Mouthpiece of I Am", or "The mouth for I Am",
'I Am', being the name the Almighty gave to Himself.)


I Imprisoned

Like a once in a lifetime
new light in the skies,
brilliant in its ascendance,
majestic, sublime
portent to priestly eyes
and On's independence,
Potiphera saw him and knew
before spoken word or sign,
his successor had arisen,
unknown to himself. Few
emanating a benign
aura, recently prison
residents, had he observed
in pharaoh's company,
who could the future see,
speak it, nothing reserved,
and not appear to be
concerned for Egypt's mercy.

II Implausible

Incredible! He would not!
The pharaoh has not tossed
the loveliest of the land
between the Niles, forgot
this hidden treasure's cost,
at an inmate's command

to bow the knee, and play
for him the glowing wife!
What matter that he sees
a dream's portent that may
combine to save his life
and Egypt's too? Decrees

aside, unthinkable to wed
a prison shepherd, replete
with future dreams expounded,
Asenath was born, her bed
a pharaoh's son, to complete
what beauty has propounded.

III Imhotep

He is not a god, entreating,
nor I still a fool. Wisdom
that he speaks, neither man's
nor his, I Am competing
with no vizier's kingdom
of the wits, yet human hands

receive pyramid designs
of hewn stone, granaries
too huge to fill, perfection
politics, economic signs
and more, touching vagaries
of his bride to be, rejection

soon avid affirmation.
Imhotep, the mouth who speaks
for I Am, the One True God,
or Joseph, confirmation
in the deeds that I Am seeks
men see, paths to faith, well trod.

IV Immortality

Two sons I bore to Imhotep,
the pair unlike their father,
contumacious from the start,
disciplined to keep in step,
willfulness remains a bother
weighing on a mother's heart.

History will not forget
his many colored coat,
Potiphar, years imprisoned,
or when all Egypt was beset,
though famine children smote,
salvation, he envisioned.

Yet, history will be silent
of eminence that I knew...
the gentle touch, loving hand
of father, beloved who spent
cherished time, as oneness grew,
passion in primal command.

--H. Arlequin
Women of the Word
Poems From the Goober Tree

© Copyright 1999 H. Arlequin - All Rights Reserved
Member Patricius
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1 posted 11-23-1999 09:43 AM       View Profile for hoot_owl_rn   Email hoot_owl_rn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit hoot_owl_rn's Home Page   View IP for hoot_owl_rn

snow in summer
since 08-28-99
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2 posted 11-26-1999 04:28 PM       View Profile for snow in summer   Email snow in summer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for snow in summer

another great one in this series... enjoyed this one a lot!
Member Elite
since 06-19-99
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3 posted 11-26-1999 05:22 PM       View Profile for Mike   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mike

The harvest of your efforts was bountiful.
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since 05-20-99
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4 posted 11-26-1999 08:36 PM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan

Applause, HA....
Nice to see you too, snow...
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5 posted 11-26-1999 09:13 PM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

Your words always bring the Word to life! Well done, H.A.


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