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      Tishrei 6, 5770, 9/24/2009

      Poetry Submission: Yom Kippur - The Shofar's Yearnings


      The Shofar’s Yearnings
      by Michal Mahgerefteh


      As the day draws closer
      my thoughts muddle, would
      the Day of Pardon consider
      my choice of offering, inner
      reflection, for the slaughter
      and the dashing blood?

      Since birth the tassels
      of the talit swing between
      the poles of the Ha-Aaron,
      leading the way into the
      forest of symbols, basking
      in its sheltering revelations.

      As I light the yiskor candles
      I hear piyyutim from the bowl
      of the earth, think of the angels;
      no enmity among  them.

      The verse from Sefer Tehillim,
      “a man [is] slightly less than
      the angels” surely has been
      lost in translation as I’m lured
      by the Three Trees tempted
      to taste   Birth   Life   Death.

      Enfolded in awe, I pace
      the synagogue’s steps ready
      to invoke the shofar’s tekiot
      as it weave loops of ashamnu
      brought forth by hearty viduyyim
      belted in sanctified writings.

      O' God, hear my pardon,
      Amen Ve Amen - Strike!

      --

      Michal Mahgerefteh is an award-winning poet and artist. She is the publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Poetica Magazine, Reflections of Jewish Thought, www.poeticamagazine.com Her debut poetry collection, In My Bustan is now available through her web site, www.michalmahgerefteh.com.

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