A Solid Promise

A Solid Promise

A Poem by The Poetry of Michal (Mitak) Mahgerefteh

About the poem: this poem was an assignment about King David and one of his wives...during a Jewish writer's retreat in Washington, DC.




A Solid Promise

     *King Saul offered Michal in marriage to David as bait




Dear Cousin,


I am a solid promise


in seven days I am to marry my father’s champion,

a shepherd boy with Oneness of spirit, graceful with

music, he talks with command, fights with skill and

daring, the people sing in the streets when he returns

from battles leaving his note in myriad memories.


I am a solid promise


through blurred tears words go unspoken, the palace

doors stand vacant. The king’s eyes speak honor; I am

content to abide, one obligated kiss and I am led to the

altar to seal the deal. Would you come for a day or two to

ease my father’s mind, I am alone and afraid of his anger.


I am a solid promise


despite my resentment I am growing in-love with David;

his presence excites me, I worry when he is away and

rejoice upon his return, but why love him when his lust

is for his battles and men . . . still, at eventide, I yearn

for his silhouette within the shadows of olive trees.




© 2013 The Poetry of Michal (Mitak) Mahgerefteh

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Added on June 22, 2013
Last Updated on June 22, 2013
Tags: Jewish, Israel, King David, Queen Michal, marriage, divorce, lovers, olives, trees, letters, Holoy Land


The Poetry of Michal (Mitak) Mahgerefteh
The Poetry of Michal (Mitak) Mahgerefteh

Norfolk, VA

Michal (Mitak) Mahgerefteh is an award-winning poet and artist from Israel, living in Virginia since 1986. She is the editor and publisher of Poetica Magazine, (www.poeticamagazine.com) and author of .. more..