The Governor’s Wife

A love story from history, is a pearl from time’s necklace,
a story of satanic persuasion and angelic repulsion;
An empress’s fall as a wanderer and a slave’s rise as a governor.
A tale of one’s decadence and other’s ascension.

Walked on the banks of river Nile, was a woman named Zolekha,
a beautiful, wealthy aristocrat, the Second Lady of Egypt;
Infatuated and obsessed with a Hebrew slave, named Joseph (PBUH),
whose angelic persona was slandered by this passionate elite.

God saved Joseph from the guiles of Egyptian priests and women,
at times guarding His heart, at times unlocking the seven doors;
With their lustful and sinister moves they couldn’t subjugate Him,
he proved to be an indomitable spirit, he was God’s saviour.

Vengeful Zolekha sent sinless Joseph to prison for many years.
Left alone, she reached the nadir of her sufferings and misery,
and endured thirty years of people’s curses and humiliation;
In Joseph’s separation she mourned, she wept, lost glamour and glory.

Distress and a thirty years of search transformed Zolekha and her Love,
from a seeker of carnal pleasure to a follower of supreme God;
She learnt the sacredness and sanctity of love, the loyalty and purity in love,
learnt their relevance to one’s worshipped and one’s adored.

She longed for that merciful God, whom Joseph worshipped,
before whom He wept, and not the cold, stony sculpture;
She felt the omnipresence of Joseph’s God, who is forgiving.
Ashamed, Zolekha wanted to purify herself before her creator.

Lo and behold! The arrogance and ignorance has been razed to the ground,
deep sense of mortification and sagacity is evident far and wide;
The Almighty’s mercy and attention is on his straggled servant,
the Second Lady of Egypt has now become the Governor’s wife.

Copyright ©️ DrNikhat Bano December 2020 All rights reserved

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About Nikhat Bano

I am an ESP (English for Specific Purposes) Instructor by profession. I love to write romantic and spiritual poems and I find a great sense of relief after penning down my thoughts on paper. It has now become a passion for me and will continue as long as I live.

6 thoughts on “The Governor’s Wife

  1. Pushmaotee Subrun

    A very interesting narative poem… on the rise of of the faithful…
    The Almighty’s mercy and attention is on his straggled servant,…


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