Thursday, September 14, 2017

Earth Etude for Elul 24 - Water Down the Wall

by Carol Reiman

from www.thinkcds.org/category/policy/

Borne
on the water 
that etches
the rock
(of tablets
and of temples),
the breath of life
glistens
as it falls
down
and down 
and
down
the wall,
pooling below, in blue green deep,
a balm for bathers, to wash away 
the ash of grief and tired day;

turning on,
the waters pass slowly here, 
clotted
by the blood of battle,
iron arms lapped  
in reeds--
land of dust and stone
sealed off to some--
left in pieces,
separated parts.
Eicha!

From the voices 
of those gathered,
tuned to the shofar, 
condensing
breath
of all with open ear and heart,
a mist of spray
forms,
rippling out,
spiraling, 
to rise,
amidst the mix,
until
the 
water
once again
glistens
with its light;
borne upon
its journey,
making
its way
down
the
wall.

Afloat at her Boston harbor campus, Carol Reiman is shored up by friends in various faith communities and grounded by her cat.


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