#blogExodus 12: Find - and #NaPoWriMo 1!
April 01, 2015
If I had any pull with God, everything you need
would appear right now in front of you.
A door would open and inside it
a rose-strewn path, the yearned-for embrace.
I'd take the broken pieces of the afikomen
and restore them as if by magic.
But that isn't how it works. God isn't
a diner waitress saying what can I get you, hon?
That's why our sages taught: a clay vessel
is purified when it breaks and is glued.
A human heart, charged with a lifetime's losses
becomes real when lovingly mended.
All I can do: ask God to cradle your heart
in Her own hands and make you whole.
For today's #blogExodus prompt, "Find," I decided to write a poem, since today is also the first day of NaPoWriMo (National Poetry Writing Month.)
The afikomen is the ceremonial middle matzah, broken during the seder. Half is hidden, and the seder cannot conclude until it is found.
The stanza about our sages and a clay vessel is a reference to classical teachings about how to make a clay vessel which has become tamei (charged-up or "impure") become tahor ("pure") again.
To me that teaching has always held an internal / emotional resonance too.
Edited to add: deep thanks to reader Ann, who pointed me toward this gorgeous Japanese pottery, repaired with gold. "Kintsugi ("golden joinery") or kintsukuroi ("golden repair") is the centuries-old Japanese art of fixing broken pottery with a special lacquer dusted with powdered gold...this repair method celebrates the artifact's unique history by emphasizing the fractures and breaks instead of hiding or disguising them. Kintsugi often makes the repaired piece even more beautiful than the original, revitalizing the artifact with new life."