Birthright and Blessing

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Birthright and Blessing
Noah was the first
to till a line of soil;
the plow–once
a cudgel–turned
the soil over
as a single furrow.
Noah planted a vineyard,
and harvested the yield.
Thanking God
with the firstfruits,
Noah placed the rest
in earthenware.
Noah dug a hole,
digging down
beneath the surface
to find the coolest depth;
he dug and discovered
fresh water.
Noah dug more holes,
digging down
not as far
as the water
and buried
the earthenware

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