February 21, 2020


Why in the
 world why in the heavens
 when God says find a mate, 
Adam never stops to say,

You, God. Us.

Why in God’s chamber of love

Adam rejects every animal
every enmity, entity,
every glow, 
every lamb, every rainbow?

You might think I’m obsessed
 with pairings and couplings 
and you in your freedom 
it’s just this-

I lay in amazed name of my lover’s touch, and 
he says, “I am you.” Life is something bigger than the I. I know the noun happiness is a state moving happiness to happiness.

In your arms, I trust
In God.

But in my vows to you I said, 

“Promise me never to stand over my head.”






The beginning of the poem referes to Geneis and cooresponding midrashim “And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found an help mate for him.” (Genesis 2:20)

“Promise me never to stand over my head” i.e. do not cut me off from my higher knowing, getting between me and that connection.

“over my head” divine connection

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