Monday, July 31, 2006

Tisha B'av

So so far from home
Home I’ve never known
Yet, I know it so
So well
That when I turn myself
Right side out, outside in
I’m right inside
Where I’ve sighed
Lonely sighs
the Size
Of all that there is
Because you see
All that was, is and will be
Is home
And on this hot and lonely day
With everyone out to play
I can turn
And learn
To find my way home
Where I find her
Every year
Waiting for me

On the floor


I take my place
Inside her space
And unite
or because of
The fact that, once more
Only one door
Will find it’s way
To her home
Mine alone

But this year feels
More intense, feels
As if somehow
We just know
That this is it
our last special time
United in grief...
In pure blind belief

But even when the joy
Comes undone
And everything becomes one
And the doors open wide
And all the world at last
Turns right side in
And comes home

I’ll still have my special place
Right here
Beside her




Blogger Shopaholic said...

First to say BEAUTIFUL!

L'Shana H'bah b'Yrushlayim!


Have an easy and meaningfull fast.

August 01, 2006 12:12 AM  
Blogger Bonnie B said...

Second to say Beautiful. So beautiful-- how many ways can I say it? How often do I say it on this site? But it is true every time-- so beautiful

August 01, 2006 10:40 AM  
Blogger FrumGirl said...

Yes it is beautiful because it is so heartfelt... amazingly taps into the feelings of the time and makes us long to sit by her and join in the crying with you....

August 01, 2006 1:01 PM  
Blogger socialworker/frustrated mom said...

Okay I will use a different word, it was simply magnificentlly written lol. It really was.

August 01, 2006 1:32 PM  
Blogger Stacey said...


August 01, 2006 4:44 PM  
Blogger Limey2001 said...

But this year feels
More intense, feels
As if somehow
We just know
That this is it
our last special time
United in grief...
In pure blind belief


August 01, 2006 4:51 PM  
Blogger anonym00kie said...

its so beautiful. im used to seeing "love" poems for shavuot, but this is for tisha bav and you so feel the love. its really inspiring to go into a sad day with that feeling. it reminds me of a poem that a person would write to their beloved when they are in a fight, reminding them that they may have some distance between them now, but the love is still there and will eventually reunite them.

August 01, 2006 4:51 PM  
Blogger SS said...

David, For once I read one of your poems, and I am truly inspired. It is beautiful. Have a truly meaningful and effective Tisha B'Av.

August 01, 2006 5:52 PM  
Blogger the only way i know said...

This is strange - I love the poem - it pulls at me - I even have my favourite paragraph - the one Limey copied - about the last time...
but I'm not sure what it means! .......

August 01, 2006 6:53 PM  
Blogger David_on_the_Lake said...

:-) Thanks and Amein..

Thanks so much...

Thank you...Tisha B'av is all heart and emotion..


Aside for being a sad day..this poem was meant to bring out an almost joyous element in Tisha B'av..and the reason its called a Mo'ed...its a day that we share something very very intimate with Hashem...and thats very special.

Thanks..amen..and you too...

The only way....
Ok..Heres an explanation...
The woman weeping on the floor is the shechina..weeping for her home which is hidden...and the only ones that know the way to her home are us Jews that are sad on Tishs B'av..we come to comfort her in her pain and exile..and we feel and hope (with a tinge of sadness) that this special relationship will be over soon when Moshiach comes and all the world will find their way home...(which is really all the world to begin with)...But even then..we'll always have our special place right beside the Shechina...

August 01, 2006 9:04 PM  
Blogger Pragmatician said...

Have you given up on non poetic Blogging?

August 02, 2006 5:17 AM  
Blogger ~ Sarah ~ said...

moving & beautiful.

have an easy and meaningful fast.

August 02, 2006 7:19 AM  
Blogger David_on_the_Lake said...

lol..have no fear..just feeling a bit sentimental lately..

sarah.. too

August 02, 2006 11:39 AM  
Blogger the only way i know said...

Thanks for taking the time to explain, David - I feel with the sentiments.

August 02, 2006 11:48 AM  
Blogger Lvnsm27 said...

gorgeous poem.

August 02, 2006 3:08 PM  
Blogger BarbaraFromCalifornia said...

Great poem, and stunning picture.

August 04, 2006 10:27 AM  
Blogger David_on_the_Lake said...

My pleasure...

lvnsm and barb...

August 05, 2006 10:21 PM  

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