Queen Esther’s Epitaph
Written by Emma Morris
To speak, likely meant her death,
but silence meant sure annihilation.
“If I perish, I perish,” she said, bowing to Xerxes.
Called to more than a crown and a kingdom,
her queenship brought the Jews’ deliverance.
When no one would rise, she pleaded for her people.
For such a time she was created
to forsake her life for another’s freedom,
a legacy now preserved in sacred pages:
Justice cannot triumph unless someone pursues it.