"On that night could not the king sleep"

Esther 6:1

Wakeful at a small inconvenient hourI thought of the sleepless Ahasueruscommanding his book of recordsbe read to him.

What a scurry of slaveschamberlains/archiviststhat must have caused!And imagine some poor chapblinkingin the smoky light of oil lampsnot daring to yawn in midsentence!

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