Pinḥas Haiku Iterations

Branch becomes staff and
staff becomes spear, this strange tree —
so straight, so twisted

This misshapen branch…
taken from which tree, grandson?
It knows One from two.

Two skewered scream (as) ONE.
Branch of which tree, grandson, this
unflowering spear?


Haikus offered in commentary to Parashat Pinḥas 2011-2014, originally for Avi Strausberg’s Torah Haiku project.



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