XII. SEVEN MORE YEARS

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          It was Joseph, as the man in
authority over the whole
country, who sold the grain
to all comers.
— Genesis 42:6

Unlike my father,
I knew what was coming.

When my chief tormentor
told me of his visions —
seven fat, seven lean,
seven sleek, seven hungry —
I knew there would be
seven
more years.

Just like for father,
there would be labour
spurred
by expectation and hope.
There would be
slavery
more mortified by broken promises
and exhausted land.

But again, thanks to dreaming,
I was able to plan . . .

and when my brothers came to visit
I knew just what to do.

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