To be aware in every moment
of your hand on my shoulderblade
and the earth beneath my feet.
To notice the gleam of grass
in late morning sun, highlighting
the single reddened maple leaf.
To be patient with myself
when grief wells up. To wrap myself
in kindness like a woolen tallit.
To close the book on the old year.
I never have to push my way through
those narrow straits again.
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.) Read #blogElul posts via the Elul tag; you might also enjoy my collection of Elul poems which arose out of #blogElul a few years ago, now available in print and e-book form as See Me: Elul poems.