We Women Witness (Vayeitzeh)

Much has changed
since those sisters
to be the most fertile
to be the first wife
to be a wife, acknowledged 
Birthing babies onto each others knees
Taunting the one who couldn’t conceive
Love and rivalry interwoven
And how much didn’t get recorded
 	by the men who recorded what they thought mattered
How many babies lost?
How many daughters unrecorded?
In today’s world I have no sisters
and no babies
and no husband
but being a woman
 	being a friend of other women
 	still means
holding them
as they birth out live babies
and bleed out dead babies
it still means celebrating good husbands
and lamenting bad husbands
it still means holding children to free up tired arms
Much has changed but not that
We women witness

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