Small alef; poetry Beshallach 4

After the Sea of Reeds —
first time in a long time
Egyptians no longer a threat.

Ahead of us; Wilderness
and on the way to the mountain —
four more crises.

Last problem
Amalek.
Uh oh, an enemy.

Our problems are both inner and outer.
The first; the Egyptians and the last
Amalek.

We will wish all our problems were so outer.
In the interior — ourselves, the water, the food,
the attitude —

Our problems are lucky to have us.
Our devotion to them is endless.

jsg, usa
small alef; poetry Beshallach
Maqam Ajam