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"The essence of divinity is found in every single thingnothing but it exists."
Moses Cordovero (Sixteenth century Kabbalist)
You can jump to your feet
turn around and kiss
You can take your finger
and pull it out your ear.
Shake it from your hair.
Like Rabbi Shem Tov,
you can fiddle with it in your shoelaces.
Wolf it down in a tortilla.
Feel free to coax it from a rock.
(But remember Rumi: the coaxing is heaven)
Sometimes, you’ll scrape it off the bottom of your shoe
and nose it for a second.
I’ve also found heaven
in my own raspy voice
off-key through the Shema,
every Friday, at temple.
David Grayson is an Oakland-based essayist and poet whose work has appeared in the San Francisco Bay Guardian, Modern Haiku, Cortland Review, Caveat Lector, moocat.net and several other journals.Got feedback on this page? Share it with the moocat!
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