Night Nine

Night Nine

Why are you telling me a story
and why on the ninth night?
I asked.

You thought there were eight nights,
This year you will light for nine.
You assumed ten energies
there are eleven.
You learned four ways of reading —
there are five
– four levels of the soul
there’s a fifth.

What kind of wisdom
Are you pushing?

The kind you live for, he said –
everything that issues from the mouth of God

– the kind you can’t do without.