Ark Sparks From The Dark

הוא בשחקים וכא”א ישת חשך סתרו
Sefer HaBahir, verse 1, excerpt from lines 2-3

“in the skies [round about G-d in terrible majesty], another verse states, He made darkness His hiding place …” (traditional interpretation)

“Hua, with laughter, and as one alef exists darkly, protects the connection …” (Liorah’s interpretation)

“in the skies” = “with (laughs of) laughter” = בשחקים

This word from Sefer HaBahir is not from the shoresh shin-chet-kuf שׁחק, meaning “pound to a fine dust”. Rather, it is from the shoresh sin-chet-kuf שׂחק, meaning laughter and overcoming difficulties. They look the same, almost.

That in the skies (with a shin, where the dot is on the right) is not on the earth. It isn’t “real” yet.

Laughter (with a sin, where the dot is on the left) makes it real. I wrote a poem many years ago, Ark Sparks, about this kind of “crazy laughter” of the “left emanation”.

crazy
strange and curious, maybe even insane
a misfit mind, a holy madness
what can I say
without excuse and
absolutely true
deep and darkly iconoclastic, living on the cutting edge
tottering everywhichway in bitty bytes zapping happily
chaos into a confounded matrix offering up numbers
irrational against the laughing lightning bug
dancing through the brain
stringing wavelets of funny disequilibrium

crazy
strange and curious, maybe even insane
a misfit mind, a holy madness
what can you say
without excuse and
absolutely true
deep and darkly iconoclastic, living on the cutting edge
tottering everywhichway in bitty bytes zapping happily
chaos into a confounded matrix offering up numbers
irrational against the laughing lightning bug
dancing through the brain
stringing wavelets of funny disequilibrium

You may right, I may be crazy … but it just may be a lunatic you’re looking for. (Billy Joel, You May Be Right)

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