Small alef; poetry

I Give You My Soul

I have returned to the story
I heard their groaning,

God said,
and remembered

I am a turning soul, M said,
I give it to you
it’s all I have
I give you my soul
and that always saves me.

God said,
I will be with you for the whole story
restore you
take you out from here —
I give you my soul.

We are saving each other with nothing
giving up our separate selves
handing over our souls
the enduring offering —

jsg, usa

Small alef poetry; Shemot
Maqam Rast