He Could Have Hid

He could have hid in a cloud
the cumulus drawn up over his face
I just can’t talk to another child of Israel
he might have said
I need some time to myself

but he didn’t.

He dusted off the menorah he saw floating in the sky
Build it this way, God showed him —

The light from its central shaft
that’s the Torah light
b’haalotecha
it will need a little lift.

Please —
don’t leave me in the dark.

jsg, usa

Small alef; B’haalotecha
Maqam Sigah
Sigah trichord: E half-flat F G

Maqam Sigah is associated with mishkan, sanctuary, menorah.