Small alef; Ekev 1

Every Generation

Every generation is a heel generation
every person a heel person
everything previous rests on us
every act every word every gesture
contributes inscrutably
to now —
this day.

We are the heel on which everything rests –
everything counts in some ultimate way
as hidden as the heel that supports
the weight of our bodies.

Everything turns on the lowly conjunction ekev
be a conjunction for a while
be a preposition
an article.

Be little
Be the

That sustains.

jsg, usa

Small alef; poetry Ekev 1

Maqam Sigah trichord: E half-flat [3/4] F [1] G

Every Shabbat is associated with a musical figure, a maqam,
Arabic cognate to the Hebrew for “place.”