#5 Haye Sarah (Maqam Hijaz)
Maqam Hijaz - named for a region within modern Saudi Arabia, is associated with death and other mournful occasions.
life of Sarah
with the death of Sarah
Abraham traveling to an unfamiliar place
to negotiate for her burial plot.
I will give you everything you ask for --
I want this land.
This land this land
What remains unfinished in the living
Abraham is working out in the dying --
So much patch-up to do;
a river of tears will be spilled over this land
it’s not about land --
Isaac and Ishmael
come together once more
to bury father Abraham
And Rebecca is born before Sarah dies
the healing will come from the future.
Days will come to Abraham
he is granted a vision of the All
and long into the future
the generations of Abraham Sarah and Rebecca
will draw a line in the sand and say
this stops here.
Chayei Sarah [the life of Sarah]
Maqam Hijaz D E-flat F# G
Genesis 23: 1-4, 23:16, 25:9, 22:23, 24:1