Judah’s plea

“Therefore, please let your servant remain as a slave to my lord instead of the boy, and let the boy go back with his brothers.

For how can I go back to my father unless the boy is with me? Let me not be witness to the woe that would overtake my father!” — Genesis 44 33:34

A print from the Phillip Medhurst Collection of Bible illustrations in the possession of Revd. Philip De Vere. Source

we left because there was
no living there

only an empty sky
and rising dust

for a silver cup you’d make me 
death’s messenger

the shreds of my brother’s shirt 
almost buried me once

we came here for living
and living is all i ask

even as a slave
under your bitter sun

but to leave this boy
for all your fruit

for all your grain
is a death i cannot carry


A/N: Love my poetry? Coffee is my love language