Israel the trickster
fought with God and won
but got as punishment a limp for life
to never quite again stand upright.
Thus began his troubles,
culminating in the strain with Egypt
finally admitting her to go
or forced to throw him out –
we never shall be certain of the whole truth,
since Egyptian history refused to talk about it.
All since then the Israeli people
have survived with difficulty
always against persecution, holocausts and wars,
discriminated and calumniated all through history
for constantly remaining the eternal trickster
struggling to survive and always winning,
even conquering the heart of God.