The Book of Genesis
Before holy or righteous, before the Law, Before sound was distilled (so many crossings-out) Into bet, aleph, niqqud, before all that: Song. Oh, to taste fricatives – damp from lip and palate – Dental trills, the Spirit chewed by teeth, Ejected from lungs, an offering. Oh, to know before, before, before the Book: Decision. Should the Fruit be plucked or crushed? And, love, what place love?