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.