they say life begins with the first drawn breath.
He must not pour olive oil on it or put incense on it, his offering,
because it is a grain offering for jealousy, his offering is seed
a reminder-offering to draw attention to wrongdoing. he gives up jealousy
After the priest has had the woman stand before the Lord, she pays with her body
he shall loosen her hair and place in her hands the reminder-offering, life is the price
the grain offering for jealousy, while he himself holds the bitter water that brings a curse.
they say life begins, counted two weeks before the last menses.
tansy mixed in water eliminates jealousy
but her sin is carried.
they say life begins the moment of conception.
bitter water. it is the way of women to taste it,
to carry shame if not deliver innocence.
we are always bearing and birthing something.
***italicized text is quoted from Numbers 5: 15, 18 -19(New International Version). It stinks to be a pro-choice christian. The prompt today for octpowrimo is taking sides. I think I managed to stay firmly balanced on the fence for this one. Thanks for reading this highly experimental piece.