White Fire

A beautiful foreground-background-inversion metaphor, from the essay "My Life Is More 'Disposable' During This Pandemic" by Elliot Kukla:

... Jewish mysticism holds that the letters of a Torah scroll are black fire on the white fire of the parchment. In this moment, we must find a way to make the spaces between us holy. In this pandemic it is the white fire that will hold our abundant love, our exquisite care, and our unwavering belief that each of our lives is worth saving. ...

(cf Poetry 180 (2009-09-30), Learning to Pause (2015-08-10), Work the Whitespace (2017-05-07), ...) - ^z - 2020-04-11