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I am woman and I have borne the Torah on a gold cloth 
over my shoulder.
I have consecrated its dust-leadened parchment, 
cradling the scrolls into temple darkness...
clicked-shut the doors, saddened and empty.
I am of childbearing age...
I am crimson with life.
I have touched the Ark.
I have read the Covenant.

I cannot lighten the laws of heaven.
I have nothing to do with clouds or sin, but
I could have shown them where Eden was hidden...
the forgotten way going home again.

I have caressed the male god on his couch
in a ghost-haunted room, a candle-dark room...
remembering a soul, but eyes with no spark.
I have soothed his forehead in the dead hours, 
softening his terror, silencing his scream, 
'Mother, do not leave me again'.

I cannot replace the laws of heaven.
I have nothing to gain from angels or sin, but
I put him on the road to Eden...
the long-hidden path going home again.

I am woman and I come adorned with a
Mitre of thorns.
I own salvation, blessed and chaliced...
giving to sinners, 
selling to saints.
I have witnessed the sins of gods.
I have dried the unwarranted tears of Eve.
I have confessed and absolved the dead.

I will not revise the laws of heaven.
I will not tamper with death or sin, but
I will wait for you in Eden...
at the end of the road going home again.

Copyright © Elysabeth Faslund

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  1. Date: 9/23/2013 8:08:00 AM
    Words full of power and strength. Lots of imagery that pulls the reader in. Deep and full of emotion. good job