#18 Mishpatim  (Maqam Saba)

Maqam - a set of notes, with traditions that define the relationship between them, their patterns and expression.  A musical mode.  The Maqamat (plural) are patient, inwardly drawn, they are roomy enough for poetry. We worked the concept of the give-and-take between poetry and music.


They saw God

that is, they had a vision of God

in their chests –


then they ate and drank.   


If we feel God everywhere

in our chests

on the mountain top

in the kitchen

waiting for the bus --


also lunch.

Exodus 24:11 - 

[va’ye-che-zu et ha-Elohim  va-yoch-lu va-yish-tu]