Tuesday, November 23, 2010

"A Letter to Her Father" by Inib-sarri, MIddle Euphrates, 1790-1745 B.C.

Twice I have written you that I am unhappy,
my lord,
and you wrote back:
"Go and enter the city of Aslakka."

Now I have gone into Aslakka
and I am very unhappy.

For Ibal-Addu's wife is queen there!
That woman takes in gifts almost every day
from a multitude of cities,
including Aslakka,
but she forces me to sit in a corner
like a female idiot,
digging my fingers into my cheek!