Thursday, February 18, 2010

Terumah: Between Me and You (The Love Song of the Cherubs)

Terumah: Between Me and You (The Love Song of the Cherubs)

Between me and you—
only ten handbreaths.

I see your face across the sweet smoke of incense,
I see you rising like reverse rain.
I see your face in the flapping of our wings
above the smolder, before the ark,

Shielding you from me, me from you,

rainbow blues.

Between me and you—
only shooting stars and elements.
Fire, water, man, unmanned, horizons and sunsets, almond blossoms and anointing oils.

Between me and you—the crack of the atom, the fraction of the self, a single talent of gold.

Between me and you—

different faces of the same chlld.

2 comments:

  1. What I like about this is how many references to the physical/peshat aspects of the keruvim are in here, while conveying predominantly emotional content.

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  2. It's very simple, but that final line "different faces of the same child" is just beautiful. I feel that it evokes the "child"-ish simplicity inherent in a religion wherein sanctity must become corporeal. In a way, the fact that there is no Temple today helps remind me the importance of transcendental Divinity in Judaism. I'm not sure how coherent what I'm saying is, but yishar kochakha; very beautiful!

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