Plagues are not finger puppets,
Plagues are not soft and furry stuffed toys,
Plagues don't have googly eyes,
Plagues are not cute.
Plagues are not targeted attacks,
Plagues are not guerilla warfare,
Plagues do not show up in a court of law,
Plagues are not fair.
Plagues are not a bland topic for a mild discussion,
Plagues do not call for objectivity,
Plagues are not subject to ironic humor,
Plagues are not interesting.
Plagues are disaster without explanation,
Plagues are revenge without a solution,
Plagues are acts of desperation,
Plagues attack everyone,
Plagues hurt the poor more than the rich,
Plagues kill the innocent as much if not more than the guilty,
Plagues are not cute or fair or interesting.
The God I believe in does not kill to make a point,
The tribe I belong to does not celebrate these deaths,
This seder we are enjoying does not enjoy that suffering.
So I drop wine onto my plate to remember the innocent who suffered, Hebrew and Egyptian,
I drop wine onto my plate to acknowledge all the struggles for freedom and the desperate acts that often come with them,
I drop wine onto my plate so that I will not forget that