In the midst of
immense admiration,
a profound sadness

a beautiful figure,
a lovely tree, sunlight—
why do each also evoke

the hunger
to read beautiful words
to touch silken hair
to breathe deeply and let go

each, a deserved act
a human yearning
each a yarn in the master’s

when we touch one part
we feel the whole
and either a sadness
sets in or utter joy

— Abraham Menashe
A Body of Love & Light, © 2017