A poem for #blogElul 17: Awaken
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A poem for #blogElul 13: Pray

Blogelul2014-1PRAY (ELUL 18)


What does the deepest mirror show?
Thank you for this moment; I'm alive.
--who I'm speaking to I'll never know.
What does the deepest mirror show?
My soul the ocean where I daily dive.
Yield into the moment and let go.
What does the deepest mirror show?
Thank you. For this moment, I'm alive.


The Hebrew word "to pray," l'hitpallel, is a reflexive verb which connotes introspection and self-examination.

This poem is a triolet. The form requires the use of repeated lines. I liked the idea of repeating lines in this poem, since daily Jewish prayer is liturgical and does involve some repetition. My hope is that each repeated line feels different the second or third time it appears, just as each repeated prayer in our liturgy can feel different at different moments in the day or in a week or in a life.

I'm participating again this year in #blogElul, an internet-wide carnival of themed posts aimed at waking the heart and soul before the Days of Awe. (Organized by Ima Bima.) You can read last year's and this year's #blogElul posts via the Elul tag; last year's posts are also available, lightly revised, in the print chapbook Elul Reflections.

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