Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Commandment revisited

Which command in holy writ
has most ‘small print’ embellishment?

number four
Remember the Sabbath day

is there enjoined 
for ox and camel
goatherd and garment maker
spindle down
each to their ease -
to bask 
reclining in shabbat shalom.

To break Sabbath then 
it seems
is to oppress
to steal hope 
to rob health
from a woman in the next tent
who stitches a new shirt for Moses.

And who stitches my new shirt?
She seams in China - Honduras - Bangladesh.

Ask me tomorrow if I give her rest.

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