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August 5, 2020
PSALM 27 – For love’s sake the courage to live as if… / Bitachon
My deepest fear?
The energy illuminating everything
cannot be seen or named.
When all I see is reflection and refraction,
who am I to be afraid
of dark or light?
of seeing, being seen, or not?
Silence is the mother of all sounds,
When a wisp of breath and unspoken incantation
guards the fortress of my life,
Who shall I...
June 25, 2020
Reclaiming and Sustaining Love
Hail the power of a regal joy, rolling in
like the cool and ethereal moisture of a redemptive mist,
lubricating locks on the brow with a crown
of joy [מ] cultivated through curiosity [ל] and compassion [ך].
This is the true desire of the heart-and-soul entrusted to humankind,
A deep yearning wetting the lips calling out to a gladness
within the reach of community, caring and curious. Selah.
Crowns woven of shared blessings ar...
June 24, 2020
Psalm 117 – cavod v’tipheret
Sing songs to praise the nations, one and all
Manners and banners of every shade and stripe
Hold high the offerings of people everywhere
The power of courageous kindness
Lasting love lives long in the hidden folds
of honesty and loyalty
June 12, 2020
Psalm 118 – Generous Praise / Hodayah
Grateful, silent breath of life
Voice your thanks – ki l’olam hasdo
that loving deeds endure.
What say you, yisrael?
Share your seeker’s song – ki l’olam hasdo
What say you, house of ‘I will sing’?
Play your peacemaker’s song – ki l’olam hasdo
What say you witnesses of wonder?
Announce amazement to the world – ki l’olam hasdo
March 25, 2020
PSALM 24 – For Love’s sake, a song honoring diversity / כבוד
For the sake of becoming
One world fills with many
Habitats teaming with life so varied
Foundations laid upon seas of mystery
Mountain streams of lifeforce congealing
Into myriads of being.
Who shall brave this mountain climb?
Who will rise and embrace this holy place?
Cupped hands washed clean of greed
Hearts’ desires refined and clear
Nefesh-souls unsullied by vows made in vain
August 13, 2019
PSALM 22 – Trust in Pursuit of Purpose
For a leader, seeking enduring inspiration and guidance,
when guiding-light fades like the eastern star
at dawn, a song for you, dear one.
אֵלִ֣י אֵ֭לִי לָמָ֣ה עֲזַבְתָּ֑נִי רָח֥וֹק מִֽ֝ישׁוּעָתִ֗י דִּבְרֵ֥י שַׁאֲגָתִֽי׃
My God, God, my why eludes me!
Abandoned by connection and purpose,
the words linger but their meaning is mute.
אֱֽלֹקי אֶקְרָ֣א י֭וֹמָם וְלֹ֣א תַעֲנֶ֑ה וְ֝לַ֗יְלָה וְֽלֹא־דֽוּמִיָּ֥ה לִֽי׃
Source of my...
August 2, 2019
Shhh. Listen. Ahhh, yes. You are just, right
now come still closer to hear the melody. Lend your ear
to this barely audible prayer, from heart to heart
that we may bypass these fallible self-serving lips
and their words, wayward and hedged.
In your presence, the need to speak and sentence flees.
You see the right through me, truly
probing my heart-and-mind, prompting me
to revisit each day in the cool, quiet clarity of the night.
Help me, friend,...
April 30, 2019
A song for love’s sake: מ Mizmor l’David
When our Love’s the guide by-my-side, Adonai ro’i...
April 10, 2019
Four Children? Which One Am I?
When my expectations rest as dove on olive branch or raven hovering on thermal winds, wonder swells from the deep
breaking on the shores of my lips into syllables of wonder, What? How? Wow!
I am, a child of simplicity, being human,
ben Noach, wholeheartedly tam, the simple one.
Then longing arises with 1000 questions, and I try to remember
that while knowledge has answers, wisdom discerns which questio...
February 24, 2019
PSALM 20 – Sing to Sustain Love’s Legacy / ענווה
A humble-response to stress will protect and serve you well.
This is the mystery of tipheret,
safeguarding the legacy of Jacob, of you, of me, of Love.
This the sacred center.
The help you seek flows forth from there,
that sustaining zion.
Remember – each shared meal,
how the scents still rise
in delightful waves, a recurring offering for you.
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