Poem: “Martha, Martha”

One of my hobbies, of course, is writing. To this end, I have also published some books. My most recent one, a poetry collection entitled The Cost of Things, is available on Amazon. This poem is from that book.


martha, martha
according to Siemiradzki’s Christ in the House of Martha and Mary (1886)

She is denied the foreground
and all color, all adornment,
her face, devoid of detail and dark
with work, flushed with fervor,
with her sleeves rolled up because
for her to slave is to say I love you
while her simple robes blend into the wall.

“Your sister chose the better thing”
and her soul strains beneath the weight
of her water jar, which carries the bitter
drink of not enough, not enough, not enough.