The Sultan and the Harem
Once upon a time a Sultan
in a fantastic land
began recruiting brides
for his harem. The handsome Sultan attracted brides from throughout the land. The sultan afforded many delights to the women of his new harem. They shared stories and
jokes and became a family.
Over time, the harem became so self-involved
that they did not notice the Sultan had vanished. Over time in the harem, cliques formed
, then politics, and finally the wives would fight amongst themselves
. Each clique claimed an exclusive understanding of the Sultan. Each claimed they knew what was best for the Sultan
They noticed the Sultan was gone when no new wives came to
the harem. The harem wives were aging; their beauty and charms faded
The time came when the wisest wives decided to search for the Sultan. They searched high and low, near and far. One day they found a letter addressed to the harem which read:
Each of you have defined a piece of who I am. Each of you is right, but you are mired in fighting, and beauty has left you. The only way to restore beauty to the harem, and honor me, is to stop fighting each other, and start believing in the harem as a community. I am alive, and am still the person that each of you love. Do not abandon me, and I will return.
~ Love The Sultan
The crones looked to each other, and looked at what the harem had become
. Their tears flowed
in salty trails of sorrow.
They heard the voice of the sultan, laughing in their ears.
"You are letting go of your history
- This is the first step
the harem you could be
, and heralds my return."