Poetry Friday


The sun is setting on another Rosh Hashanah. I’ve spent the past 48 hours with my family and my family-to-be. Hence, my Poetry Friday submission is a poem about the holiday that just passed.

rosh hashanah by Alicia Ostricker

the birthday of adam
the innocent earthling
and the day hagar and ishmael
found water in the desert

in memory of whom
mud staining our shoes
water flowing in handfuls
we sniff the smell of living dying things

reach into our pockets
for the bread that represents
our sins, toss it in, praying release
us, help us, forgive us

the river answers
by swallowing our crumbs

do our prayers travel upward
do they defy gravity
like rain splashed on the windshield
of a car speeding through storm

in ten days we will go hungrier
pray harder

The Poetry Friday Roundup is over at HipWriterMama‘s Blog this week.

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