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Saturday, October 21, 2023
I’m sitting shiva for Vivian Silver
Peace Activist, Humanitarian, Progressive.
She reached out
And helped when help was needed:
Jews and Palestinians.
I didn’t know her but I did,
A good person, a hero.
But Vivian wasn’t asked for her resume
Before they killed her.
In her honor,
I will try to hug nuance
And speak up against hate and intransigence
And look to understand the reasons and solutions
And try to feel all the pain
Of the perpetrators as well as the victims.
Everyone may despise us but that’s the gig.
Do good anyway,
Friday, October 20, 2023
Imagine us all,
Sweet as honey,
Kind and loving.
Radiant with life,
Pure at the start.
Then we forget and yearn
For pleasant safety.
But truth is always best:
Art and argument, obligation and doubt,
Kindness and cruelty, grief and ecstasy.
We could be splendid.
Show us Your love!
Keep us sane
And help us to remember
Our beautiful souls.
Sunday, October 15, 2023
I can’t sleep
Neither can I
It’s a sign of stress
Too many feelings
I see you
I’m with you
Call or text anytime
With you in anguish
I can’t stop thinking
How can I help
How can I make it stop
Why are people so cruel
Why are people so stupid
Tuesday, October 10, 2023
Blessed Yah, Creator, Created, Creating...
On this day of mourning,
We pray for peace and love,
For ourselves and the world,
Even if only for one day:
Instead of anger, we choose kindness.
Instead of revenge, we choose justice.
Instead of resentment, we choose empathy.
Instead of work, we choose rest.
Instead of ideology, we choose compromise.
Instead of destruction, we choose community.
Instead of fear, we choose endurance.
Instead of invective, we choose prayer.
Instead of violence, we choose peace.
Instead of hate, we choose love.
Even if only for one day.
Saturday, September 23, 2023
Wednesday, September 13, 2023
Bless these holy days of searching
That enable us to ask so many fruitful questions,
Friday, September 8, 2023
Come, my friends, to meet Shabbat.
Every week I step out of mundane time
To be present to what I’m actually doing
Instead of dwelling on what I’ve done before
Or what I might do next
Or what has or will be done to me or around me,
No matter how content, miserable or stimulated I am,
Every time I am fully inside the depth of a feeling
That is truly of now,
Aware in compassion, truth and presence,
In true connection, then
It is Shabbat.
And I am one with the bride:
Hopeful, excited, happy,
Meeting my friends,
New every week:
Sunday, August 20, 2023
Thursday, July 27, 2023
To act big
And save the world.
May we also learn
To act small
And save each other.
May we also remember
To transcend despair