Yet there are times answers are hidden within
Upon a hill a simple shepherd discovers a bush
The question exhales it is on fire
The mystery unmasks it does not burn
Flames rage from within its green leaves
A question indeed
Strange yet familiar
The man must listen
As the voice of fire calls him
To return to Egypt and there
Free the Children of Israel
"Yes, yes....I will go."
Again, the bush speaks
Suddenly Moses' tongue is as much
With questions spreading in immeasurable directions
"No one will listen."
The fire burns
"What do I say?"
The winds speak
"You want me to go back there?"
There is pause
In the silence he knows his reply
"Yes L-rd, I will go. I will do as you ask."
Rising in Moses' beating heart
Who sends the shepherd on?
With a fearful soul yet faithful journey
Why this is all so strange
Bushes that don't burn?
And sounds that echo in his warming heart
with the now comforting and freeing reply:
Told he shall do the Voice's wonders
"I Am, who I Am"
Rabbi Tad Campbell
(Rabbi Tad Campbell is a published writer and poet who holds an MA from the University of Oxford, England, the MTS from Duke, and his rabbinical ordination from the Rabbinical Seminary. He is a board certified chaplain and pastoral counselor and currently serves with Suncoast Hospice in Clearwater, Florida.)