Under the Oak Trees of Mamre Genesis 18

Under the Oak Trees of Mamre                                Genesis 18


We have journeyed long between wilderness sun and shade

dragging Terah’s great vision with God-promises to match.

The years of hope and despair

grind out my soul

like mortar and pestle.

Give it up, Abram.

It’s done.

No descendants like stars.


Three visitors. “Welcome!”

Hospitality is survival out here.

“Get the flour, knead the bread old woman!”

“All of you who are mine –

kill the calf, smooth the cheese,

the richness of life on offer. Now!”

Earthly feast for heavenly presence.

Our poverty disguised.


I hobble.

A craggy old, baggy old

sack of bones

shrivelled by Hagar’s derision.

Hollowness remembered daily

in the shadow of her strapping young boy.


“Sarai will bear you a child”, the strangers said,

“before the year is out”.


I couldn’t help the laughter.

Beyond dry bitterness

an ironic splutter.


And so we laid together

like two open halves of a late summer peach,

drizzled with honey and juicy sweetness.

Just two old people

who love each other still.


Legacy for  generations.


Sharonne Price

March 2018



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