Inspired by Genesis 21:8-21
By Lauren Wright Pittman
by Trisha Arlin
Blessed One-ness, Breathing Existence,
I once was Sarah:Rich,Loved,Able to laugh at everything,Even God,Especially God.I had a place, a home, a mission.
But now I'm Hagar:Broke,Alone,About to cry at everything,Even God.Especially God.Wandering, in the desert, hungry.
This is my fault.I should have seen this comingI should have protected myself,I refused to accurately assess my situation.Oh, the fantasies I had of love and success.
No! This is Sarah's fault,She, with her connectionsAnd her covenantAnd no room for anyone else.Oh, the promises she made when she needed me.
No, this is Abraham's fault!He pretends to have no agencyBut he's the one with the money and the power,He's the one who talks to God (or so he says).Oh, the bullshit he slings about destiny.
All I have now is a cat named IshmaelAnd he expects to be fedAnd watered.Meow Meow, he's starving.I can't look at him,Oh, I can't watch him die.All I can do is pray.
Blessed One-nessBreathing Existence,Send me a social workerOr food stampsOr a lotto ticketOr friendsOr a magical flowing spring of plenty that pours out from the rocks.
*Originally Printed in Journal of Feminist Studies In Religion: #35, 1
Thank]you Beth *ReplyDelete
O Hagar Hagar! for Gods sake
pull your self together
and realize that this
is the human condition
and become your own savior
alas everything dies
Happy blessings ____________________
Thank you Bob*Delete
Don't listen to him, Hagar,
Cry out with your Grief.
Blither and Blather as much as you need to.
Life is Rough.
Tell it like it is.
Perhaps a food stamp card for Ishmael
will arrive very soon , let us pray Amen Amen
you could say that,s really the cats meow -
Hear the cry of Hagar
And bring HOPE
(and a respite from the bombing)
to the daughters & sons of Ishmael.
happy sad happy sad
there is more politics
then we can use
more religion than ones need -
so being sandwiched
between Hope and Poop
is enough to make a cat lament !
there is kindness _
so this poem of some time back when
in the night!