Summer 1961 • Vol. XXIII No. 3 Poetry |

Joshua 2

Sad-eyed, slim-wristed, supple, very thin Was harlot Rahab: mindful of her kin. A pebble clicked the wall on which she nested, Her wan cheeks wasted, And snakelike rustling in, with viper eyes, "Hush!" they hissed. "Us be spies!" She stumbled to the roof, and there she hid them, Nor ever chid them. Gut-piercing fear impaled her, like a sword Of the dread God, their Lord. Sickened, she saw the Red Sea as a rug Rolled. Sihon and Og Destroyed. And utterly her heart melted. So, like a feather mounted, She sank. Then brutally they seized and knew her, A red string threw her, And slid down the rough wall, sluggish and loath. She stanched her bleeding mouth As toward the hills (folded and amber, somber In ancient slumber) They stole, turning their spent and aching backs On the disordered flax. Limp from the window dangled the red cordon, In fated Jericho, over this Jordan.

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