He had long sought these things to see,
But being blinded by self-justification,
The lawyer tried with an inquiry
To test the teacher's sophistication--
A subtle attempt at trickery
She had long listened, labored in care
For a word of mercy for her sibling's wants;
Though she served, worked, managed affairs,
Death's specter yet threatens and haunts.
She thirsts for life to well-up somewhere--
A free flowing font.
Help arrived in time on the Jericho Road
To this lawyer and sister hung'ring in need
Whose own back is for their burdens bowed,
Who for distractions and excuses bleeds:
A Samaritan to carry the load
Whose own body feeds.
© Randy Edwards 2017
Artist: Diego Velázquez (1599–1660) Christ in the House of Martha and Mary (Cristo en casa de Marta y María), c.1618, oil on canvas.