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In Thunder and Stone by Peter Menkin

by Peter Menkin  
1/19/2009 / Poetry

The first of the Ten Commandments A few years ago I began work on the Ten Commandments, which I have paid attention to as a series of Ten poems from time to time. One book I read on the subject of the Ten Commandments noted that the first set of ten brought down from the mountain were shattered and lost, gone in a way but also still available as spirit in the world.

For some people, that may be too mystical, and I agree it is an unusual idea. But this first of the Ten Commandments, about which I write as a poem, is the actual First Commandment brought to the people of Israel. There is mystery about these Ten Commandments, for clear as they may be they are the subject of wonderful discussions.

This poem appears with the others of the series on Peter Menkin blog, and so do some of the previous versions.

In writing this series on the Decalogue, the poet chose to make the poems shorter, rather than longer. It seemed erring on the side of brevity a better choice. Peter Menkin says, "When looking for poems about the Ten Commandments on Google, I found few if any.

I am sure they are out there. This is an awesome subject. I hope people will like the series, which I consider experimental."

By Peter Menkin

To be set free by stones:
Have no other Gods but me.
Could the thunder
on Mount Sinai have said something
when Moses came down?

I am your friend, you are my people.
Did trumpets sound?

Light was there around Moses.
Let me say the words,
Friend of God. Living words.

Audio reading of the poem by the poet is here:

Peter Menkin, an aspiring poet, lives in Mill Valley, CA USA where he writes poetry. He is an Oblate of Immaculate Heart Hermitage, Big Sur, CA and that means he is a Camaldoli Benedictine. He is 64 years of age as of 2010.

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