A Public Sphere for Poetry, Politics, and Nature
The Zohar tells us a beard embodies the 13
attributes of mercy
and compassion, yet sometimes I care
only about myself.
I love the snow in its falling, though, I don’t think about
all the lives
wildly skidding upon it, slamming out
into other lives
in that moment of breakneck motion, ending up
tangled in the oak trees
and bleeding out over ditches.
And on those cold days,
I want to walk out of this thoughtless person and be
Yet having mercy means sharing it
even with ourselves,
so I can watch the hard falling snow without thought
of punishing myself inside a beard
doused with honey,
darkened with bees.
Copyright 2019 Baruch November. From Bar Mitzvah Dreams published by Main Street Rag.