Kaddish for the Tree of Life Synagogue

person with umbrella visiting cemetery

Standing here in Boston Common
Happy kids’ voices trickling over from the playground

The imam tells us not to fear each other
The reverend tells us she will poke holes in the darkness

I am aware of how vulnerable we are
Despite the police flanking the Parkman Bandstand

Anyone here could be like that
Madman in the shul in Pittsburgh

But we came anyway
We who believe this country

May someday yet live up to its ideals
We came here

We said kaddish together
We sang together

Darkness cannot drive out darkness
Only light can drive out the darkness

Some days we seek out light made by others
Some days we must make the light ourselves

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