Artwork by Daniel Kabakoff
NOACH/CHAPTER 2 by Esther Cameron
Amid the floods of time and human tears
We must endeavor still to keep afloat
Our soul’s small vessel, which, however fraught
With multifarious animal passengers
That clamor to be fed, whose roaring note
Sounds in our ears through jumbled day and night,
Is yet a spark of G-d’s Self; and the insight
To know this, is confusion’s antidote.
Wherethrough does knowledge come? A crystal bright,
Some commentators say, with its own glow,
While others would maintain: a simple window
Is at our being’s peak, to admit the light
That filters from Above. But, so or so,
Not knowing how we know, we know we know.