The soul understands
what the wind cannot,
nor the sea foam ride.

And the condor
stalks the sand,

and the viper
stalks the shadow
cast upon the sand

by a lone saguaro cactus
in the sand.

I shall not go there
where rocks and time collide
and the scapegoat wanders.

No. I shall not go there.
Not even for the sake of sand,
or a condor feather,

or the peace of my soul.
even should it understand the wind,
the sea foam, and a lone saguaro cactus

falling over in the sand.


NOTE: Midrash (in Hebrew, מדרש) is a method of interpreting biblical stories that goes beyond religious, legal, or moral teachings. It fills in gaps left in the biblical narrative regarding events and personalities that are only hinted at.


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