Moses’ Logos 

Moses’ Logos 

The logos, the logue
The Decalogue — the rod

The shepherd, the pastor,
The master

Whose rod is a branch
Of the tree of knowledge
Of good and evil
Of dogma, unyielding, inflexible,

But let’s not forget, for Moses to rupture
The Pharaoh’s law
His rod became a snake, a branch
Alive and lithe
Of the tree of life

The serpent encoiled around the rod
Restricts what fasces amplifies

Ex hodos
The road’s out, not back


Elliot Sperber is a writer, attorney, and adjunct professor. He lives in New York City and can be reached at and on twitter @elliot_sperber