Possibilities

 

Seeing – but not entering – thus

the Torah ends – two possibilities –

one of history – one of necessity –

each year – with dancing – God’s people

celebrate – the rain returns – a river

fresh and new – most stories have a

beginning and an end – not here – incomplete –

fragmentary – perhaps it’s like a wedding day –

promises made – each one in love –

a canopy of joy – all join the dance –

fulfilled – this is what the Lord says –

I remember the devotion of your youth –

how as a bride you loved me

and followed me through the wilderness

through a land not sown.

 

The Rain

 

Two are one – each generation – multiplied –

a spider’s web – radial threads – from

the centre – outwards – spiral threads –

connecting them – in circles – examining

the structure of leaves – two give birth

to two – and then – to two – duality –

unity. Today – prayer for rain –

the cantor – white capped – pleads –

sorrowful – remembrance – clouds –

a life departs – a new life comes – beneath

the canopy – a wedding – and – a funeral –

a new year – remembering – the old –

go – look before the sea – nothing –

look again – a cloud – the wind – the rain.

 

Transfigured

 

Clouds possess a radiance – sun swept –

fragmentary – life departs – open sky –

my mother rang – another friend had died –

memories – at their summer house –

sonatas – Beethoven – daughter thought – strange –

Boxing Day – their family gathered – fresh –

a funeral now – blue – the wind – structures

on a mountain side – housing us –

exodus – a glory parts – humanity

alone – a ceiling – open to the rain –

stars – a residence – the limitless

in time – limited – a face transfigured –

two feasts – Pesach – Sukkot – evidenced

in this – the fullness of the moon.

 

 

Eternities

 

Winged branches

Clouds – white on blue

Morning – shadows

Destiny

Between the leaves

Oneness – strange – familiar

Bird calls – breeze

Earth – sky

Transfigured – yet – the same

Remembrance

Rivers – now – always

Asleep – stars

The bush – alive

Circling

 

 

The Surface

 

At half past twelve the wind appeared – gusts

rearranging fallen leaves – solidity tempered –

at five past two the rain began – short bursts –

silence – between – the distant clouds – illumed

by the sun – a butterfly – timelessness –

yesterday – the afternoon upon

the surface of a pool – blue and white –

I entered it – lap after lap – borne up –

I used to pray while swimming – motion helped –

seeing the light reflected – shadows – depth –

today – a difference – far off – the spirit –

floating – stroke by stroke – at dawn – the sun –

dusk – stars – spiralling – what is –

in duplicate – gold and frankincense.

 

 

Sunshine

 

Sunshine – a whip bird – silence in

the clouds – our cat observes – dew –

like worlds – upon a leaf – microcosm –

in life simplicity – the universe –

within each thing – a jewel –

I see the sun – multiplied – existing

after rain – a galaxy – overhead –

a whiteness – leaves – with air – in tune –

blue – and blue – and blue – old Norse – derived –

three letters – the infinite – a window.

Trunks have roots to nourish them –  humanity –

inner rivers – openness – time –

flesh – becoming spirit – God – inclined.

 

 

Rain

 

Rain – pouring – ceaseless – pools of water

on our balcony – thunder – darkness.

Tabernacling inside – hearing

but not seeing – almost sixty – past

forgotten – future unknown – present –

another world – coming down. Outside –

my structure sodden – once – I slept

beneath its canopy – night – stars –

breeze – awake before the dawn.

The rocks – bearers of the sun – orange –

fawn – above the hills – a hint – light –

transcending – yellow on the leaves.

Before and after – mystery – between –

a silent radiance – that can be heard.