this is not a poem: defining hagar

defining hagar

slave to sarah,
wife to ibrahim,
mother to ismael.

a single mother in a barren valley.
she clutches her son –
as any mother in a barren valley would.
her husband abandoned her on the account of God.
Her breast milk and waterskin sucked dry.
also on the account of God.

the thirst of her son holds tight to her ears.
she places him down and runs
runs runs runs
runs runs runs
between safa and marwa
as any woman would
to sustain her only child.

she comes back after seven rounds
to find a fountain
formed at the heel of her son;
a prayer answered because of a woman’s plight.

birds overhead give way
to their discreet location.
caravans stop and request permission to drink.
she permits them.
they settle down.
what started with one woman and her child
becomes a community.
then a town.
then a city.
where angels dwell
where the connection to between heaven and earth is replicated:
around
around and around and around
around and around and around;
in worship of the One.

hagar ––
founder of mecca.

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