Elul 16: Pray

I learned to pray
from watching a girl’s furrowed brow,
deep trenches like the hillside
after a summer downpour,
as she places the final block on her tower.

Two children playing jai-alai
turn around and say
“You can play with us.”

Hot tears,
fall in big, fat drops
on a 90 degree day when
the best we have
is not good enough.

We reach out
or do nothing at all
and prayer is fulfilled
in a breath,
a glance, an embrace,
or in the sudden feeling
of being absolutely sure.

This poem is in a series written during Elul, the Jewish month of reflection and repentance leading up to the Jewish New Year and Day of Atonement. The project is inspired by Rabbi Phyllis Anna Somer, @imabima. More info on her blog Ima on (and off) the Bima.


~ by ettaqueen on September 27, 2016.

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