Raise Up Your

Raise Up Your Eyes

Raise up your eyes
north south east west
look down
can you count the dust of the earth?
So will be your seed.

The future –
more than we imagine
the present
a dark mirror,

Look up
look down —

Look forwards
backwards too, you sentimentalists,

you are
tahor – purified,

You are safe —
somewhere.

Small alef; poetry Tazria
Maqam* Bayat
D [3/4] E half-flat [3/4] F [1] G

Each Shabbat is associated with a musical figure
A maqam*
Cognate of maqom
Signifying Place