To N.F.

What does the word proclaim?
what does it proclaim
if you decorate it with a tassel
or with a tallis?

and put a graven image by,
and add the sacrifice’s flesh
and add the altar on which
its throat is cut

and add in circumstance
and add up circumcision

What stacks up time in the diaspora
free from paradise, unfree from paradise
for a creature unsheltered in the open,
a creature like one’s self

The word is wedded,
the word proclaims itself
a bridal canopy

Michael Heller (© 2009)