Offering: Abraham To Isaac – Ayelet Amittay

God will ask the same
of you. You name your son
held by the heel. He names his son
one who adds. We accrue
our sacrifices, and the world
is heated by the need until
the mountains begin melting
waiting for willingness.
What will you offer
in the woven nest that will hatch
instead of bleed, that will hold
instead of burning?

Ayelet Amittay is a psychiatric nurse practitioner and poet in Eugene Oregon. Her work is forthcoming or appears in Michigan Quarterly Review, Pendemics, Cream City Review, and others. She was a TENT fellow and was awarded the Parent-Writer Fellowship from the Martha’s Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing.

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