In the praise of Abel over Cain
there is no suggestion
that he should have fought back.
Jacob booked it by night
away from his brother and his father-in-law,
and the only time the old heel-snatcher
he wasn’t trying to deadly force that angel
but just limp away blessed.
So how did that castle doctrine
work for you, Pharaoh?
Just to be perfectly clear — hiding
under the laundry on a prostitute’s roof
is not a line in the sand.
Abigail made gourmet lunch
when she was being shaken down,
for protection money,
and Elijah did his best prophesying
on the lam with raven takeaway.
Joseph and Mary lived the duty to retreat,
and preschool in Egypt influenced their son,
who always talked this way –
go an extra mile instead of drawing
a line in the sand,
live cloak off instead of castle safe,
and, of course, after you take that second
slap upside the head,
pick up your deadly force and follow me …
to the place where we put guns down,
ears back on,
and meet our most suspicious neighbor,
only our concealed love.