At a Time Like This

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:  Used by Permission.

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