Years Before Jesus

Sargon must have held
this baby daughter,
palm date fronds
blowing in an olive
wind. His pale jewel.
Lutes in the distance,
small stringed
instruments. Under
the house, bones
of dead families
wrapped in maps and
carpets, dead children
in clay jars with
precious objects: cow
lamb, turtles, jars
of rich food
and barley with the
hope that the
spirit may be re-
born, come back to
then in the flesh again