Miriam, daughter of Yocheved
Miriam is a ballsy backbeat,
a clash of tambourine
and quick thinking, the hero
who comes too early in the story
and who only speaks to Gd off-camera.
She’s a mouthy bitch,
that Miriam, leader of the girl gang;
when they dance, the seas shake.
Mothers fall to their knees.
While Moses is off performing magic tricks
and bargaining, Miriam shouts
a litany of curses in the vague direction of heaven,
Maybe I’m Coming For All Their Gods
Miriam brought the blood.
Miriam, a hailstorm.
Miriam closed her eyes
and blinded half a country.
Miriam walks behind Moses
with a switchblade in her palm,
letting it clang against her bangles,
sounding the alarm.
From Dane Kuttler's Unlikely Victories: a Handbook for the Good Fight, 2017
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