emigre

"...that your generations may know that I made the children of Israel live in the brilliant cloud of the Shekinah." Targum Neofiti, on Leviticus 23:43.
“…that your generations may know that I made the children of Israel live in the brilliant cloud of the Shekinah.” Targum Neofiti, on Leviticus 23:43 (cf Luke 9:34).

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to gather as
before to light,

to wake again
to name aright,

to walk us yours,
this brilliant night.

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who do not grasp yet pray

winter flow
When he had finished speaking these words,
Jesus led his disciples across the winter-flowing valley…
– John 18:1

 

who do not know
the heart as God,

who hold within
your crossing home,

who deep inside
you winter flow,

who cannot grasp
yet pray you on.

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broken arrow (longing home)

In Rome, he knows, only spears will do;
daggers (at least) issued each one,
citizens gear to stay rebellion,
brigands terrorizing their land.

Fools, these Christ-ones “shalom” praying,
table stretching branch cut young,
something like compassion waking,
something like or asking home.
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And when he saw him he had compassion, and ran toward him…
– Luke 15:20 (cf 7:13, 10:33)

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almost famous

“hey! you’re William Jones?!”
“yes.”
“you helped plan the clergy retreat last year…”
“right.”
“but, I didn’t know you were William Jones!”
“umh…ok.”
“no – I mean, you are the William Jones Maren knows?”
“well, that’s who helped lead the retreat.”
“right! so, you’re William Jones?”
“yes…”
“I mean, you’re touch holiness William Jones?
you’re before the amen William Jones?”
“ah! yes, well, Touch Holiness was before I was writing,
but I am the William Jones in Before the Amen.”
“you’re William B. Jones! I had no idea!
I mean, I knew you were William Jones,
but I didn’t know you were William B. Jones!”
“yes. I am THE William Jones!”
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exodus

exodus (first person)

what do I yield,
fulfilling this now?
what cloud move through
to see where you are?
how will you keep,
and what voice bring,
transfiguring
your charis
in me.
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“They appeared in glory &
were speaking of Jesus’ exodus
which he was to fulfill…”
-Luke 9:31.

(Transfiguration Sunday.)
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as when

as when
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as when folding out you dream us,
as when setting forth you bring,
as when drawing on you meet us,
as when leaning into need.
 
as when taking up you lead us,
as when daring into more,
as when into next you breathe us,
as when spanning ridge to shore.
 
as when standing point you call us,
as when crossing vantage gain,
as when echoing you pray us,
as when blessing love remain.

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Nianatic Bay photo courtesy of Lee Ireland.

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canopy

"Now over the heads of the living beings there was something like an expanse, like the awesome gleam of crystal, spread out over their heads. Under the expanse their wings were stretched out straight, one toward the other..." - Ezekiel 1:22-23
“Now over the heads of the living beings there was something like an expanse, like the awesome gleam of crystal, spread out over their heads. Under the expanse their wings were stretched out straight, one toward the other…” – Ezekiel 1:22-23

 

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to smile Shekinah’s
reaching made,

lowing pierce
a jeweled sky.

joy, tremble
soul’s embrace,

winging come
into arrive.

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