Thursday, September 14, 2006

Dawn of Battle


Dawn
Dawn of an epic battle
Early morning chill
Facing off again
On the battlefield of time
Pre battle tension
Tensing
Sensing
The enormity of this months long struggle

Men rushing purposefully in the dark
Serious shades coloring their faces
Silently taking their places
Polishing
Cleaning
Meager arms
Regretting short supply
Nervous
White energy
Silent moments

Suddenly
Winged flocks take flight
Circling above
As the crack of the opening salvo
Pierces the September sky
Yisgadal
V’Yiskadesh
Shemei Rabboh


His nation thunders into battle one more time
Yehei Shmei Rabboh Mivorach L’Olam...

First night of Selichos

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15 Comments:

Blogger FrumGirl said...

I cant beleive its that time of year again. Your poetry writing is amazing, as usual. As we have come to expect... pressure, anyone? Just teasing.... Good shabbos!

September 15, 2006 9:45 AM  
Blogger the only way i know said...

Good post
Shiver me timbers...

September 15, 2006 11:17 AM  
Blogger socialworker/frustrated mom said...

Beautiful especially the pic.

September 15, 2006 12:21 PM  
Blogger LkwdGuy said...

Very nice post but I don't get the battle metaphor. Who or what are we fighting?

September 15, 2006 1:57 PM  
Blogger kasamba said...

I thought it was fabulous- and I certainly know what I'm fighting!

September 16, 2006 7:36 PM  
Blogger anonym00kie said...

im starting to feel the pressure...counting down the days..
beautiful poem

September 16, 2006 9:49 PM  
Blogger ~ Sarah ~ said...

great post... it's definitely that time of year again.

September 17, 2006 2:45 AM  
Blogger David_on_the_Lake said...

FG...
Thanks so much...
Pressure is good..

towik..
thanks...
havent heard that in ages..lol

swfm...
thanks

lkwd...
these days are referred to as a battle in many instances..like in L'David Hashem..
The battle..is both private and communal...we have devised all sorts of strageties to try to confuse the soton...
My Rosh Yeshiva always used to interepret all the pesukim in shoftim and ki seitzei...in this light..
In Belz..the first day of selichos was called the first shot..the first taste of these days of awe..

kasamba...
Yeah..so do I...Now I need a good stragety.

anonym00kie...
Now's the time...

srarh...
thanks...yes it is

September 17, 2006 12:08 PM  
Blogger Lvnsm27 said...

great metophore

September 17, 2006 2:09 PM  
Blogger David_on_the_Lake said...

lvnsm...
thank u

kas...
along with the stragety i need a strategy..lol

September 17, 2006 2:44 PM  
Blogger Pragmatician said...

the shul was packed where I went, terrific.

September 18, 2006 11:00 AM  
Blogger Sara with NO H said...

this post gave me chills. sort of made me shiver and want to cry. other than that i'm speechless

September 18, 2006 11:03 AM  
Blogger LkwdGuy said...

The battle..is both private and communal...we have devised all sorts of strageties to try to confuse the soton...

But we shouldn't focus on outside forces. It is ourselves that we need to fix.

September 18, 2006 12:14 PM  
Blogger David_on_the_Lake said...

prag...
yes...it definitely adds to the moment...

sara....
I wish I'd feel that more..

lkwdguy...
I think..the communal battle is won through the combined efforts of everyones individual efforts..

at the same time...we do find that for instance we dont blow shofar on erev rosh hashana..to confuse the soton...hashem..gives him sort of a day off on tom kippur..etc..

September 18, 2006 12:23 PM  
Blogger Moiy-rah said...

great post

great post

wait, did i even read it??

moiy

September 18, 2006 7:22 PM  

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