52 SONGS

...the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life...

Friday, March 21, 2014

17. "Suddenly there appeared to them"


Suddenly there appeared to them
Moses and Elijah, talking with him.
Afraid, they asked should they make
booths—for sun-sheltering,
the explanation goes. This is what
you do for the venerable few
praised in your life or at its edges
by story and family and song.
That is, should they show up,
in person, out of thin air.

I once exited my local market
as Cameron Diaz walked in.
I paused at the automatic door,
thinking, is there anything more
I need to buy? Whatever else
I can’t say, she wore jeans
and looked me in the eye.
It is rare to encounter a god.
I had no one to entreat.
No voice from a cloud
hastened her appearance.
She was alone, appeared so,
not speaking with anyone.

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