The Baptism

Moshe Forman
May 28, 2019 · 2 min read

Reflections sparkling against black shadows.
At peace, the depths, drifting away into his being.
A mother’s calming presence.

The water’s embrace, extinguishing all pain,
weightless, drifting, suspended in a dream.
Beckoned to another place.
Approaching consciousness.

The Voice: “Go there! You are safe.
The current will carry you to where you must go.”

The Voice: “Expunge the monsters that torment you!
Catch them one by one, the wellsprings of your agony,
then send them away, so they trouble you no more.”

Hoping only for the recompense of a mother’s love, bitter towards every creature of untainted birth.

A monstrosity arose before him, casting black shadows,
thrashing tail and swaying neck, entwined in his arms,
becoming soft fur, caressing his skin and warming his body.
Then a legless beast wrapping, crushing, pulling him down into the depths.

The Voice: “It is your envy. Cast it out!

“But, will I not need my jealousy? Cannot envy alert us to injustice? Does it not lead us from wrong to right?”

The Voice: “Jealousy, as all in creation, can be many things!”

“Mother, I’ve just had a dream, or was it real?”

The Voice: “It is your inner self. You will be summoned again.”

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Moshe Forman

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When I’m not a poet, novelist, or writer of short stories, I’m a writer of creative non-fiction exploring Self, Food, Society and History. www.mosheforman.com

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When I’m not a poet, novelist, or writer of short stories, I’m a writer of creative non-fiction exploring Self, Food, Society and History. www.mosheforman.com

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