though my faith in Yahweh, in any god
who can listen, is severely shattered.
most often to a Goddess of settling,
ShekhinahThe feminine name of God, expounded upon in the rabbinic era and then by the Kabbalists in extensive literature on the feminine attributes of the divine., shy volatile spirit of places.
when in motion:
loping through neighborhoods
not solely in my plot.
in accents foreign to my own ears,
after I talk to my depressed son.
my lips between desire and reprieve, tonguing
phrases that often slip away.
endless games in my
head with my head.
El malei rakhamim, shokhein bam’romim,
hamtzei menukhah nekhonah al kanfei ha-Shekhinah,
as I am, I learn to greet
others and recreate what faith is.