Fall 1987 • Vol. IX No. 4 Poetry |

Esther Describes How She Was Chosen Queen

Esther describes the climate after Vashti's dethronement, from her own confinement, as one of the Virgins being purified for the King, Ahasuerus, in order that he may choose a new Queen. She cannot shake the image of her aging Uncle Mordecai rubbing his chest as they took her away, and cannot stop hearing the dethroned Queen play her flute from her cell in the night. Esther: It is an ugly time, despite the riches    and the extent of the empire. There is talk Ahasuerus    is going senile, losing grip, sharp one minute,    his sense distending the next, and lives fall through.    He snaps his fingers and lives go out.     Since Vashti's been imprisoned,    he's been less visible, less clear of who he is.    One of the youngest was declared purified    and brought to him last week. She is fourteen    and large boned with lanky shoulders and broad    full lips. Her name is Amadelia and she was,    of course, afrai

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