Utopia forfeited – errant forebears

banished, barred by flaming sword,

marred image multiply

pale reflection of original design


Veiled radiance of prophet’s face

quickly fading luminosity

Impenetrable enigma

awaits future manifestation


Spoils of war – disappearing ark,

captured by exultant foe

Departing Shekinah

stolen from rightful residence



Returns in metamorphic moment

glowing countenance

incandescent raiment

inner ray thro’ human clay


Atop mount accompanied

by denizens of a former age

earnestly communing

over approaching exodus


Glory through sacrifice restored

broken man, blood out-poured.

Understand opaquely finished task

peering through dark-tinted glass