And he Went

Then Mose spoke to Joshua, his successor:
He told him a couple of things but what I remember most
is the phrase chazak v’ematz
Be strong and courageous
I loved it when Mose talked about courage
he was always one of the few who did.

Mose said not to be afraid
God would accompany us
God would not have brought us this far
to let us go on alone.
That was good too.

Then Mose did something really important
he sat down and wrote the Torah.
He wrote the entire document so we would have something
for sure
to tell the future.

He wrote it down for us
the whole thing.

When Mose was done writing, God began to speak to him.
Your days are drawing near to die,
God said to Mose,
Go get Joshua and stand in the Tent of Meeting
So I can give Joshua final instructions.

That’s what they did,
Mose and Joshua stood in the tent of meeting
and God appeared in a pillar of cloud
so we didn’t catch everything.

What we heard was difficult
it was about the future
and what we would forget and how someone would
have to remind us now and again —
what we are all about.

So Mose wrote out the Torah
then he made up a song
that Mose taught us that day
it was a song, or a poem
and some of it was heard and is known

And some of it
remains secret.

There is a known song
and a secret song
a known poem and a secret poem.

One is flesh and form
the other bone and spirit.

jsg, usa

Maqam Bayat

D E half-flat F G

Every Shabbat is associated with a musical figure, a maqam,
Arabic cognate of maqom = place.