since sinai's flash

Since Sinai’s flash and veiling cloud

we have knelt and begged

Send someone else!

So Moses ascended

returned alight

And we named him Prophet

Freed thus from duty so to rise

Ourselves no prophets, see.

Since the shaft of light entered Mary

we have knelt and prayed

Thank you for sending someone else!

For Jesus rose to the mount

a light in darkness

And we named him God

Absolved thus from duty so to live

from healed flesh and spirit and world

Ourselves no gods, see.

Suns rise and set behind the peaks

and still the nimbus listens hopeful

for the sound of rising on the switchback

for the crunch of feet on flint.


Susan Palo Cherwien, ©2009

Susan Palo Cherwien