My name

My name,

Rod(ney)

Is an Anglicisation of

Reuben*

The first-born

Or Jacob’s sons.

 

He was supposedly

The guy

Who suggested

Selling Joseph into slavery

Rather

Than killing him,

His idea to daub the coat of many colours

With blood from a slaughtered lamb.

 

Exchange sacrifice.

 

It means,

Saw in my eyes,

For,

Supposedly,

the untold story

of family,

of rise and fall,

famine, redemption

and

slavery

was all told in Jacob’s eyes

before the story began.

 

It was, once upon a time.

 

#Call me Rod**.

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*Traditionally in Jewish families living in the Diaspora, to help avoid progroms and the like, families would give their children local names – Daphne, Harris, George as well as Hebrew names, mostly used during ceremonies such as Bar or Bat Mitzvah, weddings and funerals. (Ironic really as I was the last born of my siblings…)

**See here for update from Chris last week.

One comment

  1. And Biblical Reuben’s mother was Leah, the older sister of Rachel. And your mother, Sheila’s Hebrew name was also Leah. What goes around, right?

    Nigel

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