In the book of Genesis, God makes Eve from the flesh
Of Adam. He names her, describes her with the hebrew
Phrase Ezer Kenegdo. The wise ones who translated
The book had no words in English to equal Eve’s description.
In their foolishness, they picked “helpmate.”
That is not what this phrase means.
The closest anyone has come is “She who is over
And against me.” Ezer is a name of God as one
Commands and protects. Kenegdo is one who rises
Up against and meets another where they stand, equal.
There is a hint of threat and dominance to Eve
The ancients twisted the words to hide.
I understand them. Eve was the rock Adam would break
Himself against. The one, who digging for his strength
Would break his arms and legs while he laid tied,
Helpless to a wheel. In the depths of his pain
She would command him to stand, and he would.
My one who stands over and against me.
You are the chisel to my bare stone, cutting
Away what hides my truth. You hold my greatest
Fears and deepest agonies within your delicate,
Fickle. Fickle in the way a child holds a moth.
My love for you is the love that moth holds
For the light that sets its wings aflame
And burns its fragile frame to dust.
You break me. Shatter me like glass
And expect my parts to reassemble
Themselves. In this way, my Ezer,
You find the strength I hide even