But Martha was distracted with much serving (Luke 10:40)
And why do we assume that Martha is the elder of the two?
Maybe she is the younger one, always stuck
with Mary’s chores while Mary practices meditation,
her yoga, her imaging, maybe arranges
crystals on the living-room floor.
Martha has been abandoned
in the kitchen for years, lifting the stone pitchers
of water from off the porch with both hands
day after day, her young back giving way
under the strain, pouring out her youth to provide
her older sister and this latest rabbi of hers
another of her good portions.