judith slays holofernes
by the beauty of her countenance disabled him
bible scholars pronounced my story fiction
fiction or not
i am more than a story’s heroine
i am lady wisdom herself . . .
proclaiming in my stride
this is how to act, to live
as i walk out the city gate . . .
i am armored with only perfume, silks and lies
when the soldiers let me enter the dreadful camp . . .
biding my time
i stalk my prey
and wait like a circling hawk will wait
knowing full well
my wisdom can only seduce but with beauty
with my beauty kill
Sister Lou Ella Hickman
Sister Lou Ella has a master’s in theology from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio and is a former teacher and librarian. She is a certified spiritual director as well as a poet and writer. Her poems have appeared in numerous magazines such as America, First Things, Emmanuel, Third Wednesday, and new verse news as well as in four anthologies: The Night’s Magician: Poems about the Moon, edited by Philip Kolin and Sue Brannan Walker, Down to the Dark River edited by Philip Kolin, Secrets edited by Sue Brannan Walker and After Shocks: The Poetry of Recovery for Life-Shattering Events edited by Tom Lombardo. She was nominated for the Pushcart Prize in 2017 and in 2020. Her first book of poetry entitled she: robed and wordless was published in 2015. (Press 53.) On May 11, 2021, five poems from her book which had been set to music by James Lee III were performed by the opera star Susanna Phillips, star clarinetist Anthony McGill, pianist Mayra Huang at Y92 in New York City. The group of songs is entitled “Chavah’s Daughters Speak.”
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