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      Tevet 6, 5771, 12/13/2010

      Poetry Submission: CREATIVE SPARK - Chanukah fires


      by charlene rae solomon
      california, usa
      i am burned
      by the first chanuka flame
      7 nites of holocaust still
      lit by a shimmering shamos
       forbidden to extinguish prematurely, it must melt me as a furnace does dross
      and make me as fine pure gold as His Temple
      i beg for help from mine enemies
      self-sufficiency is illusion
      pain is too real
      G-d is my only Hope
      so soon a phoenix risen resurrection
      from creation's/destruction's ashes
      a new art dedicated to rebirth
      and Heavenly grace grants this New Beginning
      rain falls violently
      putting out my fire thru drenching
      quenching my thirst
      i will plant a tree
       for Thee

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      Tevet 1, 5771, 12/8/2010

      Poetry Submission: Wildfire (Chanukah 5771/2010)

      Wildfire (Chanukah 5771/2010)
      Conflagration in the Carmel!
      Ancient forests a living hell!
      Charred trees smoking the sky black and gray
      Hear their sound!
      Ironies abound!
      The northern inferno prompts careful reflection:
      Elijah once called down prophetic fire
      Upon the soaked altar atop the mount
      Outdoing Baal’s pagan priests between lofty evergreens
      Chanukah candles annually commemorate
      Triumph over Hellenism
      This year the Hebrew was grateful the Greek helped douse the flames
      Brandon Marlon

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      Kislev 14, 5771, 11/21/2010

      Poetry Submission: Stalag Zehn B by Jan Theuninck

      Tishrei 12, 5771, 9/20/2010

      Poetry Submission: The Key to Life by Avrohom Bilgrei

      The Key to Life
      by Avrohom Bilgrei

      The key to life is not who you know, but what you share
      And how much you do share.
      Not how resolute you are, but how embracing of change you are.
      One's capacity to make a friend of the unknown in search of the positive.
      To embrace the positive while relinquishing the negative
      Without considering how new the positive is,
      Nor how intrenched the negative
      Without regard to how much you agree with the negative
      Nor how disagreeable the positive may appear, just to be
      Able to see and to distinguish between the two
      Not to find solice in the familiar , nor discomfort in the unfamiliar
      To know there is a black and white in life with objective clarity
      When you find the gray...
      Find a place for it, but...
      Don't allow "it" to displace black or white you can juggle the three!
      Without dissodence
      Without politics
      It's true this requires patience and...
      D - i - s - c - i - p - l - i - n - e
      It is not eeeeasy
      But, it's not complicated!
      Don't let the bastards and the manipulators confuse you
      The bastards are illegitmate
      The manipulators deceptive
      Find piece, of mind, of thought, of emotion, of spirit,
      Find those who embody these traits , latch on to them-
      Creativity will follow
      Realization will set in!
      You will will have a vessel for the spiritual , you will evolve
      The effort will be minimal
      You will be sublimly unique
      You will transcend "organized" religion
      "Organized" anything, procure the ultimate grace, and
      Be on a first name basis with truth and G-d!

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      Tishrei 9, 5771, 9/17/2010

      Poetry submission for Yom Kippur

      Day of Atonement 
      by Kathy Napper
      Assembled here upon this day
      Rank on rank, all dressed in white
      Forgive us, Elokim, we pray
      May we find merit in your sight
      Absolve us of our many sins,
      We have transgressed your laws, and hence
      As this Atonement Day begins
      We turn to you in penitence
      Please pardon us the errant thought
      The angry word, the thoughtless deed
      Return us, as your Torah taught
      Succor us in our time of need
      On this, the greatest Day of Awe
      G-d, cleanse my sins, redeem my soul
      And sanctify me with your law
      Forgive my sins and make me whole
      Write us for Life, Oh King of Kings
      We are Your People standing here
      Grant us the grace your mercy brings
      And Seal us for a Better Year

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