Small alef; poetry 1

From the Outsider

As if we could not receive the teaching
until he had joined us.

How we brought him in is an us-and-them problem
he gave us something additional
something unexpected
he brought it from
outside.

Once we integrated his depth
He earned a connection straight up and down
Or yashar
the direct light.

What he taught —
how to bring it down
in its applications
implications and inferences
what we would draw for ourselves.

Outside becoming inside.

From the outsider A we received only tsouris
from the outsider Y
wisdom beyond measure.

jsg, usa

Small alef; poetry
Maqam Hoseini
[Phrygian]