abraham’s sacrifice


some time afterward
god put abraham
to the test
take your son
the one
for whom you’ve waited
your son the blessing
your son the promise
your son the future
and offer him up
tear him down
just as you shattered your
own father’s idols.

when abraham awoke he
looked down at his son
still sleeping
looking up he saw a
ram caught in the thicket
he walked out into the night
took out his knife
(here i am my son)
and cut the beast
loose.

(Genesis 22:1-13)


3 Comments on “abraham’s sacrifice”

  1. rebquilt says:

    This poem is beautiful, powerful in it’s elegant simplicity. Thank you.

  2. inafogblog says:

    Ma’aseh Avot sima’an l’banim. Beautiful interpretation.


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