Episode 12 Reflections

EPISODE 12: Fire + Ash

Let my cry come to you.
Hide not your face from me
in my distress.
For my days pass away like smoke
and my bones burn like a furnace.
Psalm 102: 2 – 3

REBECCA: You guys, the city’s starting to burn.

CHARLOTTE: You’re not Jewish. You can’t understand.


The children of Israel set out on the Red Sea road, to bypass the land of Edom. But with their patience worn out by the journey, the people complained against God and Moses, “Why have you brought us up from Egypt to die in this desert, where there is no food or water? We are disgusted with this wretched food!” In punishment the Lord sent among the people seraph serpents, which bit the people so that many of them died.
Then the people came to Moses and said, “We have sinned in complaining against the LORD and you. Pray the Lord to take the serpents away from us.” So Moses prayed for the people, and the LORD said to Moses,”Make a seraph and mount it on a pole, and whoever looks at it after being bitten will live.” Moses accordingly made a bronze serpent and mounted it on a pole, and whenever anyone who had been bitten by a serpent looked at the bronze serpent, he lived.
-Numbers 21: 4 – 9-


Night falls. Or has fallen. Why is it that night falls, instead of rising, like the dawn? Yet if you look east, at sunset, you can see night rising, not falling; darkness lifting into the sky, up from the horizon, like a black sun behind cloud cover. Like smoke from an unseen fire, a line of fire just below the horizon, brushfire or a burning city.
-Margaret Atwood-