handsome prince of Israel
with flowing locks of hair
and self-opinion to match;
bides his time as he plots revenge
for the rape of his sister.
After murdering his half brother,
the perpetrator of the crime,
he endures with satisfaction his exile,
knowing that this, too, will pass.
When his father,
(the weak old man,
he does not deserve to be king),
when his father finally welcomes him home,
he patiently conspires,
inching towards the day
that he will make his own.
Inverting the hourglass
to effect the capture of the crown,
the prince stumbles in its shifting sand.
suspended by his ego,
he waits once more as his enemies
advance with spear and sword;
to pierce his body
and shatter his father’s heart.