We didn’t treat them well,
from the very beginning –
This mother of all Ishmaelites.
Nothing is excused, but
the seeds of this divide
go back to her, before
her name became holy.
The lesson here is we are related
to our greatest enemy.
Makes it awkward at the barbecues
and is why we kept sending
food, medicine and electricity.
You may always argue with your family
but they are still family.
God tells Abram to be perfect.
What a standard to have to live up to.
I never got the letter hey in my name
thanks to my parents’ intuition.
That’s why whenever someone calls to me
it’s a four-letter word.
I couldn’t be further from perfect.
I can’t even see perfect
in the distance.