bondage

After 40 years of wandering the desert, the Israelites spent 18 years under the rule of several different captors.

When my grandmother was born, the doctors cloaked her in purple robes and set her down like a land mine. All watched in silence as the earth began to bury her beneath it’s most godless layers. This is the origin of her molten hot core, of the crust in her back, of the way she erupted her way out. This was survival in it’s most royal form.

A cubit is said to have been the length of a man’s elbow to his middle finger, roughly 18 inches.

  I’m sure the difference in height was a problem to him and everyone else who preferred their relationships to be perfectly symmetrical. I could always see clean over the top of his head while he got in plenty of face time with my mouth. The first time he apologized, I purposely chewed open my bottom lip. Some bright idea about the blood making him queasy enough to steady himself on the gaze of my irises like sailors do the moon. Instead, he took it as a metaphor of how much he hurt me and sprinted for some ice. The last time he apologized, I looked clean over the top of his head for an excuse. For a reason he should stay. Instead, he sat me down, stared directly into my eyes, and it was I who came up short.

Isaiah’s son had one of the longest names in scripture composed of 18 letters: Mahershalalhashbaz.

  Our friendship began on fear of loneliness and ended to remedy it.

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