Rivkah, like you, I offered my jar,
drew water, stepped up like other women.
I watched them leave, a caravan adorned
with nose rings, golden bracelets.
It has been quiet since you’ve been gone.
Hannah, a priest called you drunk
when you spoke in your heart.
With the passage of days
you received what you requested:
I met one of them. He missed you,
praying as you were again.
He left me, too old for a son of my own.
Ruth, I thought I found my people,
I promised them: I go where you go,
I slept at their feet.
When I woke, they had disappeared.
I, too, bathed on roofs, Batsheba,
I was passionate and smart.
I felt safe in my king’s arms,
wanted to dance and sing with him.
Cut from his heart,
I watched him leap down another path.
God did not remember me. And yet my name lives on in Israel.
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