Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Tamar, the Righteous

By Jen Hunt, after reading Vindicating the Vixens

The Prostitute

How Judah-like
I’ve death-knelled

You, wed you
To your shame

Tamar, perhaps as all women,
Through guile
And childbirth

Some knowledge damns like
Staff and cord

That Judah calls you
Right, not he, hurts

My head and pet

Same, your seat
In God’s genealogy

The measure used
Measures against, so

Tamar, much-crossed
Tamar, much-blessed

I lay your sins
And mine--
To rest