Lot’s Wife…nameless woman (Hebrew Scriptures)
Is that all you remember of me?
Yes, I looked back—
but for one moment
walk beside me…
SEE me for who I am
and you’ll capture a mere glimmer of yourself—
Would you look back?
My pace hurried.
The soles of my feet barely touched the earth—
MY two ‘virgin’ daughters ahead of me…I see life
In my mind’s eye
I see my two married daughters left behind~~~
Sure, my husband, yes…he has a name.
I do not
but, at this moment it does not matter.
My sons-in-law laughed when my husband told them
we MUST flee.
So far removed
yet, I am ever within reach.
I hear the destruction, the crumbling of life.
I smell the scent of death
and it stings…to my very core.
My daughters nursed at my breasts,
sat upon my knee
as I shared with them stories, laughter,
Their children, my grandchildren
gathered around my table.
No matter how corrupt our town,
LOVE lived through my seeds.
Are you listening?
Tears flow from my eyes as I walk, stumble,
Now I stop—
a milky substance flows down my cheeks,
over my body, down to my feet.
My grief flows like a river
and I am encapsulated in
Yes, my daughter—
I AM a PILLAR OF SALT…
a natural ingredient.
Opening my arms to you,
I turn back,
Yes, standing firm, my roots
never abandon you—
“YOU are the salt of the earth…”