He saw what he saw

The last line —
He came into the cloud
and went up the mountain
and he was up on the mountain
forty days and forty nights. [Ex.24:18]

We want to know
what happened up the mountain?
What did he see?
He ascends
wearing the garment of colors
draped over his shoulders by the rainbow,

he saw what he saw
he enjoyed it
All of it
up to that place.

What place.

What place is it where language meets its
beyond which
the most that can be said
about something
is nothing.

It’s like this
and like this
like this

— an old man like me
doesn’t offer a single version
a word rattling around in an empty bottle –

first: the obvious
then the less obvious
the secret even
to arrive where we began [B.N.]
the plain sense
the surfaces having released their opacity —


We know this
every now and again
don’t we?

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