By Richard Sherwin
with my new eyes my neighbors numbers clear
as if i ever wanted seeing them or them
i almost see the edge of Gd thru clouds
i never saw were there before and now
a terror settles in of worlds and men
i'd dimly felt before and barely bear
so this is what or something what they saw
once Gd had cut the veil from off their eyes
and heard the wax pulled out and shook untied
no mast to hold them up and off the rocks
when called to speak uncircumcized their flesh
their hearts their eyes unveiling holy breath
to everyone they never saw before
thru times beginnings ends and more
Who Laughs Last
Abraham laughed first.
In a dream perhaps but first.
Im past it, my wife’s
past it, this covenanting
darkness smoke fire animals
and Gd promising
us children. Ninety-nine’s past it.
So Abraham laughed.
Even between carcasses
and Gd he laughed. In a dream
he got away with
it. No recriminations.
From Gd or rabbis.
When Sarah laughed wide awake,
then Gd took laughter to task.
No matter silent,
no matter to herself, no
tented, preparing Gds food,
invaded without escape.
parts werent any easier
than Isaac to bear.
Hagar and Ishmael gone.
Saul and David
pity david and saul who fought as if
eternal enemies and not as pit
bulls chosen bred and bet on and then tossed
away a royal win and human loss
pity david and saul inflated by
the spirit of Gd sucked out and left to die
a hero on a hill savior in bed
betrayed by Gd and husked and just as dead
pity david and saul who touched by Gd
exalted and degraded israel
and judahs Temples risen twice twice felled
their suffering abandonments the cost
pity saul and david praise the Lord
what david wrote saul lived without the word
The Dancing Lords
what did shiva do to get condemned
to dance forever in a ring of fire
existence into universes men
pass in and out of darkness dreaming higher
lord of the dance he’s labelled libelled so
if he cant stop the dance is lord of him
if he’s the dance that must go on it’s close
to hell he’s trapped in beautiful and grim
no wonder rabbis wouldnt dance the tune
piper dancer actor shows in shows
better freedoms few and on parole
of Gd than all such timeless powers doomed
and me idolater par excellence
no shiva jesus pan can dance to sense
i’m out for Gd in all my life’s confusions
commandments dancing me thru sins and virtues