Fall 1987 • Vol. IX No. 4 PoetryOctober 1, 1987 |

Esther Cannot Control Haman and Ahasuerus

Shortly after Esther becomes Queen, Ahasuerus approves a decree put forth by Haman to kill all the Jews. Unsure if anyone realizes she is a Jew, she sets out to save her race by leading both men to kill each other. She tries to pry Haman from his wife, Zeresh, in an effort to make the King jealous. And Haman gives her a blue silk robe, no more. Nothing is clear or sure. She enlists the dethroned Queen, Vashti, who advises her to give them what they want through clever questions. Here, she recalls how she studied their laws and tried to checkmate them in their first meeting, but Ahasuerus was half-mad, and Haman was too ruthless. And even as they meet again, Esther is overwhelmed, can feel things spinning out of her control. Esther: I sent word for Haman to come early.     My arms dangled off the chair,    the silk draping my small wrists.    Haman found me instantly appealing.    But as he approached, he was knotted    and forbidding, huge, massi

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