Tradition & Innovation

I Promised My Rabbi

sparrow on window sill
My first morning word
would be thanks   modah ani
for soul and breath    lifanekha ruakh
but there’s a glitch.
Sparrows have been cavorting
since 4 am, parceling the sky,
proclaiming territories,
so my language is tangled
with their songs.
Also, my murmurs are threaded
with half-finished dream
journey. Honey, wait, I shout
into the murky dawn,
where it’s hard to behold
God’s face or anything else.
I’ve been given
visions of strange cities, hallways,
doors that swing open
to rooms void of families,
of images. This year of loss.
Every night the same dream
is sent, a blank canvas
I have no energy to paint on.
Still, I’m here   sh’hekhezarta bi
which merits
every bit of grace
I can breathe in
then return
nishmati b’khemla,
raba emunatekha.

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