Tammuz Moon

The Tammuz moon signals
the season of Jerusalem
burning.
The story’s true, the city stands,
the buses depart on the half hour ascending
filled with pilgrims for the city where
“what’s mine is mine and what’s yours is mine”
is called redemption.
The Tammuz moon marks the descent
of Tammuz god of growing things
this too is true:
the sun looms threatening
the baking dust sprouts thorns and kindling.
And is already sown with next year’s seeds,
waiting
to unfold.

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