for Parshat Balak
Bilam’s donkey sees the angel of God.
she crouches to keep distance.
Then God opened the donkey’s mouth
and the donkey speaks.
Then Bilam, too, sees the angel.
It is someone unquestioning in her vision
a scared animal
with a strong back
who knows only how to carry a load
and how to act on what she sees—
who can do such precise work,
as to carry a holy vision to the world.
It is she
who can truly speak.