Monday Morning Poem

Driving to Town Late to Mail a Letter by Robert Bly It is a cold and snowy night. The main street is deserted. The only things moving are swirls of snow. As I lift the mailbox door, I feel its cold iron. There is a privacy I love in this snowy night. Driving around, I […]

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Monday Morning Poem

A Short Testament by Anne Porter Whatever harm I may have done In all my life in all your wide creation If I cannot repair it I beg you to repair it, And then there are all the wounded The poor the deaf the lonely and the old Whom I have roughly dismissed As if […]

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Come light the menorah…

We lit candles on the chanukiah tonight and watched them during our sit. It was incredibly lovely, especially watching them each burn out, one by one, returning us to darkness. I’ve been thinking so much about bringing light into dark places, and yesterday during the practice day with Rabbi Jeff Roth, he brought up something […]

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Monday Morning Poem

The Mystery of Meteors by Eleanor Lerman I am out before dawn, marching a small dog through a meager park Boulevards angle away, newspapers fly around like blind white birds Two days in a row I have not seen the meteors though the radio news says they are overhead Leonid’s brimstones are barred by clouds; […]

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History + Hadrons + Hannukah = Hope

The Ancient Greeks’ metaphor for a person traveling through history was that of a rowboat upon the river of time.  The bow of the boat is headed in the direction of the future but the rower faces the stern, able to see only the past, as she pulls, in the present moment, into the unseen […]

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Monday Morning Poem

PSALM III by Allen Ginsberg To God: to illuminate all men. Beginning with Skid Road. Let Occidental and Washington be transformed into a higher place, the plaza of eternity. Illuminate the welders in shipyards with the brilliance of their torches. Let the crane operator lift up his arm for joy. Let elevators creak and speak, […]

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Chanukah Writing Meditation

Last night we had our “Getting in the Mood for Chanukah” workshop with an amazing group of people with inspiring insights. We had a short sit, a teaching about the holiday, a guided meditation and then a writing meditation exercise. Just in case you couldn’t join us but would like to get in the mood […]

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Getting in the Mood for Chanukah

Chanukah starts next week, and JMC is “Getting in the Mood” with a workshop this Thursday night (7:45pm – 9pm at BZC). In preparation for the workshop, I’ve been thinking a lot about miracles, bringing light into darkness, and dedication. The word chanukah means dedication, and in the story of the holiday the holy Temple […]

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Monday Morning Poem

Prayers: I by Kadya Molodowsky, translated by Kathryn Hellerstein Don’t let me fall As a stone falls upon the hard ground. And don’t let my hands become dry As the twigs of a tree When the wind beats down the last leaves. And when the storm raises dust from the earth With anger and howling, […]

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Monday Morning Poem

Thanksgiving by Rainer Maria Rilke I thank you, deep power that works me ever more lightly in ways I can’t make out. The day’s labor grows simple now, and like a holy face held in my dark hands. (from Rilke’s Book of Hours: Love Poems to God, translated by Anita Barrows and Joanna Macy)

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