River on Wheels

Coming down the mountain
like a river on wheels
two tablets inscribed
mi-zeh u-mi-zeh [Ex. 32:15]
this way and this way.

Ba-zeh v’gam mi-zeh
This and also this. . . [Kohelet 7:18]

This and that
except — there is no that
only this and this
just as mi-zeh u-mi-zeh,
this and this.

You and me
God and you
Me and God
Matter and spirit
Good and Evil
Male and female
Left and right
Yin and Yang
The two triangles
Halakhah and Aggadah
Law and Lore
Gevurah and Tiferet
Severity and beauty
the good and the not-so-good.

Mi-zeh u-mi-zeh,
this and this.

[Sometimes I feel so
Separate —
ordinary and separate.
A few drop dead experiences, please —
in the midst of ordinary.]

This and This.
Mi-zeh u-mi-zeh
this and this
no that

no that at all.

O Ki Tissa
Maqam Hijaz
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