Elul 19: Judge

By the time you tell me
what you really think
I have already told myself
twelve versions
of a different truth
so loudly
that I cannot hear
what you have said.

Your words fall short
of my heart
and land in a pile
on the floor.

When you try to pick them up,
my resigned reply is
“Just leave it.”

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 28, 2016.

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