These and Those

Musings from Students of the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem

A Question for a King’s Mother

Posted on April 23, 2013 by Tadea Klein

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What did you see when you went willingly before the King, 
	Did you see a melekh in his glory,
	A broad-shouldered warrior with a light in his eyes 
		and a song in his mouth
	Or a sorrowing, grief-stricken brother, body covered 
		in scars and empty in his heart,
	Rage covered only half-way by desire?
	Was it sympathy or lust that sent you to his bed?
	(Which was the illusion, Batsheva,
	the melekh or the man?)