Bill's Art Box

"Poems by Emo Baer"

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Visit to Mt. Sinai

Can you imagine ever having stood on top of the world?

I did.

Can you imagine a place where God spoke directly to Moses and the people of Israel?

I was there.

In the middle of the vast Sinai desert
     three black granite peaks
     rise above the wide sea of sand:

Early morning, still night,
A bald monk dressed in a brown robe
opens the inner gate with an enormous key
     to let us out,
     to ascend the holy mount.

At first, we go up a comfortable trail
and passing by the miraculous place
     where Moses hit the rock,
a mighty spring splashes out
     for the thirsty waiting crowd.

Later, steep steps chiseled in the hard granite
     Lead us to the top;
A tiny chapel built of black rocks
     greets the heavy-breathing climbers.

The cool air refreshes like a calming spray.

I feel I stand on holy ground.

I can hear God speaking to the prophet;
     when I look down
     I see a gathered mass
     waiting for the enlightening message.

All the lower mountains,
     like giant sheep
         
surround the mighty ram,
where I stand.

A frail light glimmers
     on the edge of the distant horizon,
a silver lining flashing
     on the lower mountain chain.

A shining strip marks
     the rising sun --

Now more brightness
     lightens the vastness;
A new day begins
     as a million years before.

Staring breathlessly,
     overwhelmed with nature's splendor,
I settle down behind a hidden rock
     to go into myself --

an unforgettable relaxation,
     a peaceful bliss captures me
as I try to grasp the enormity
     of this eternal instant.

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Prairie Light
 

What did we talk?
driving through the night
     fog on the
windshield 
not taking the right turn 
into highway six
  

Now the air is clear 
driving straight south
     no more fog
only my own transcendence
carries us safely home 


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Also read:
  
"The Stork's Nest(a short story by Emo Baer)


And listen to: 

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