August 20, 2019


“That which defines space can stand aloof from space. That which defines time, on the other hand, cannot remain apart from it.” — Aryeh Kaplan

The field of time stands up
and grows a face.
Arms sprout from his side,
wings from the arms, blue mouth
burning between the feathers.
The field of time changes the air
around him as a sunken pothole
changes the road, as a flaming tree
illuminates the yard. Then
takes a brush and begins
to sketch us: double helix paint
on a canvas of cells.

Alicia Jo Rabins is a poet, musician, performer and Torah teacher based in Portland, Ore. Her book, “Divinity School,” won the 2015 APR/Honickman First Book Prize.