At The Strawfields, 3

[after Exodus 5]


(dedicated to all employees of all call centers)



One fact you Hebrew slaves must be quite sure

of is:  Pharaoh is your sole customer.

For him you must do all that has been bidden;

no order of his can be overridden.

Around him all your services consist.

For him (above all men, just him, alone)

your lives have been permitted to exist.

His god-like images we carve in stone---

the cities raised with bricks of mud and straw---

will last a thousand years and never fall.

Be proud, as we are, that his gracious heart

has given even slaves like you a part

in the remembrance of his royal glory.

Long ages, yet to come, will tell his story.

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