Speak: A Poem for Parashah Emor

Speak
of ritual and rules,
of purity
and piety.

Speak
of celebration,
and time
that drifts and flows
in a spiral of
light and dark
and bounty and decay.

Speak, in each season
of coming and going
and rising
like smoke,
like breath,
effortless as
thought,
and rising,
ever rising
kadosh, kadosh, kadosh.

Speak of light
and dark
and oil
that is holy
and bread that
sustains:
a bounty,
a banquet, laid
before you
in My presence.

Speak of betrayal
and death,
of oaths and lies.

Speak of life
and all that is –
Life, filled and
whole
and pushed to the
edges of everything.

A life that is
filled with weakness
and strength
and holy
and profane.
With sacrifice.
and binding.

This shall be
for all time
in every season
under every sky
empty and filled
broken,
whole.

Speak
of the whole
of life.


Stacey Zisook Robinson is a member of Beth Emet The Free Synagogue in Evanston, IL, and Congregation Hakafa in Glencoe, IL. She blogs at Stumbling Towards Meaning.

Source: reformjudaism.org

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