Sunday, May 16, 2010

awake, alive

eyes closing..
fighting
to stay awake..
to focus.
on another word
another line...
The coffee
with parve milk
on the table..
before him
reminds him
of long transatlantic
.........flights
of cramped
stale..humming
where one cannot go out
for some fresh air..
as he was about to..
then and there..
focus....focus..
he sneaks a peek
at the clock..
..another minute has passed
focus...FOCUS
his mind shouts
but his body
is in the clouds..
heavy..yet not falling
until he suddenly
looks up
confused
4:05
The shul is terribly bright
and so empty...
ugh...where has the night gone..
?
He washes his face...and
focuses..on the best 20 minutes
anyone has ever learned
as the sun slowly
illuminates
the eastern sky..
He's awake..
He's alive..



Happy Shavuos


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10 Comments:

Blogger Soul Comfort said...

Nice blog!
Why don't you eat dairy the first night of Shavuos?

May 23, 2010 10:52 PM  
Blogger David_on_the_Lake said...

Thanks.
When you eat out..you don't get to choose the menu.

May 25, 2010 10:01 AM  
Blogger Mystery Woman said...

Shavuos is just one of those times when I wonder why there isn't a special bracha to thank Hashem for making me a woman.

May 25, 2010 10:01 AM  
Anonymous eve said...

write more

May 25, 2010 1:29 PM  
Blogger SIS said...

Nice...

Mystery Woman, I heard another woman say that this Shavuous, and I'm not so sure I agree. The guy in this poem may have killed his night, but he ended up with the best twenty minutes. What was your best twenty minutes?

May 25, 2010 2:32 PM  
Anonymous Minnesota Mamaleh said...

lovely. awake, alive, refreshed and grateful. happy shavuos indeed. love it! thanks for sharing!

May 25, 2010 9:25 PM  
Blogger torontopearl said...

He's awake.
He's alive.
*HE'S ENLIGHTENED.*

At least you're honest about lack of focus while learning -- trying to learn! -- on Leil Shavuos. But you endured and you discovered a sense of Hashem and a sense of self as the new day began...

May 25, 2010 9:36 PM  
Blogger David_on_the_Lake said...

whoa
where did all you people come from?

May 26, 2010 5:26 PM  
Anonymous eve said...

we've been here forever..

May 26, 2010 6:58 PM  
Blogger David_on_the_Lake said...

forever is a really long time..
shame I just noticed now

May 27, 2010 11:50 AM  

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