Small alef poetry; Shemini

Small alef; poetry
Shemini
Maqam Hoseini

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Brother lighting the candles
Daily daily
take hold the flame
upward the fire flying.

See him standing on the limestone steps
raise high the flame
of guardianship
upward.

See the blue around the flame
the space that may
may not be physically present,
that blue: the Shekhinah –

sky blue
lapis
the color of the sea
which is like the sky

the Throne of Glory
like a vision —

Brother tender of the flame
which is like the soul
the lamp of God the soul
of a human being —

Aaron the tender of souls on fire
he loved all creatures
and drew them near
so it was –

Our teacher knew it would be through
Brother
the Shekhinah would come to rest in our Sanctuary,
saying

My brother — is more excellent than I
through his sacrifices
and his service
the Shekhinah will rest among you.

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