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Ellen Gray

About this Christian Poet:
I live with my husband and two children in Pleasanton, California. I also teach debate at the local high school.

Hannah

If you will only look upon your servant's misery and remember me, and not forget your servant but give her a son, then I will give him to the Lord for all the days of his life. 1 Samuel 1:11

Hannah's hunger is a child
barren sorrows at the table
while a fed sister hordes scraps
taunts Hannah raw.

Hannah curses prayer
pounds and beats til fists
bleed bitterness, scab faith
her sadness careens in drunk words,

You
carved my mud hollow
woke incense music in my blood
why chant echoes, no pilgrim psalms
my cup falls in flats.
Abort these sorrows, my God
know me.

Hannah's wager stands
the haggled bargain
begged of the Lord:
her empty shrine
for the life of a prophet.

Where her prayers collide
with sovereignty
El-Shaddai
speaks his name, and
breaks the mud seal
on Hannah's son.

Copyright ©2004 by Ellen Gray