Saturday, May 2, 2009

Poem #9 Thirty Poems in Thirty Days

The plea of Zelophehad’s daughters
is just: you should give them a
hereditary holding among their
father’s kinsmen; transfer their father’s share to them

Numbers 27:7

Daughters of Zelophehad

did it anger you
to ask
for the same rights
a son earned
simply by being male born
did you sit together and wonder what
words to use to claim your father’s share

you asked that your father’s name not be lost
what is your mother’s name
you, the daughters of Zelophedad
Mahlah, Noah, Hoglah, Milcah, Tirzah

Linda ©2009
NaPoWriMo: 30 Poems in 30 days.

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