Orders for a nation’s death, like others to evacuate,
draw responses like remorse or protests at the palace gate.
Even to the Harem word was sent to get the thing undone,
but a woman’s place meant nothing lest the king would bid her come.
“Such position as you hold by means of beauty and of sex,
gives you no advantage or protection at a time like this.”
Calling people bound and free to fast and offer ardent prayer;
risking loss of life she planned to break the law because she cared.
Image: Esther before Ahasuerus, 1465
Source: Esther 4
Text: David Alexander, 2022, CC BY-SA NC 4.0
Tune: Esther, Public Domain
Audio: www.smallchurchmusic.com Used by Permission.