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Timeless Journey

How can I steer a steady course,

despite the explosions nearby?

L-RD, protect us under the shadow of your wings,

for there is no time to dawdle.

Everything depends upon

prayer, that is tempered by tragedy,

in many places, arrived at by life’s choices,

for, we are pilgrims on this earth.

Somewhere,

everything only counts,

amidst the links of time,

wherein ancient dreams careen.

Note to reader: This is a “found poem,” containing the first lines of twelve of my poems from 2022. (If you’d like, see links to peruse each poem).

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The Gleam of Heaven

Like 100,000 suns,

Heaven gleams within

the eyes of the faithful –

it’s light refines the soul

of imperfections and sin,

on the way to Shomayim.

—– —– —–

Do we dare look straight

into the heavenly brilliance?

Only with earthly eyes

will we fail to see its grandeur;

rather, with a pure heart,

we may be granted a vision

within the depths of the mind,

where time and eternity blend.

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Renewal of the Soul

All is not lost,
there is always renewal in the moment,
freely available, beyond our expectations.
There is a hope
above the hope of my imagination,
that will bring renewal of the soul.
And, when all seems impossible,
placing my trust in G-d is the only way,
to combat this angst & anxiety.
No matter how dark the night,
He can see what I cannot,
and bring peace of mind.

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Spark of Renewal

Oh, tempestuous soul,
shall you sort things out on your own,
without even acknowledging your own failures,
shortcomings, challenges, and proclivity to sin?
Shall you disregard your own negative impact,
and only cast blame upon the other?
Bow down in your heart toward G-d,
the One hope to spark renewal
of mind, body, and spirit,
and bring peace to a restless soul.

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A Heart Transformed

Oh, ruinous soul,
shall you continue in your negativity?
The threads are bare, exposing your despair,
consuming even the sparks of hope,
that need time to be fanned into flames
of promise for renewal in your life.

—– —– —– —– —–
What of strife? It serves no purpose,
unless transcended when the challenge is met.
What of worldly comfort? (Never to be of avail
to the uncomfortability of a restless soul).
What of love? That can only flourish
in a heart transformed by G-d alone.

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Hope Surfaces (revision)

When will I be free

from these shadows of the past?

When will I sing

of my freedom at last?

All that You have done for me,

is enthroned in my memory.

All that You are doing for your people,

will be enthroned for eternity.

~~~~~ ~~~~~ ~~~~~

Hope, is the mainstay of my life,

and the fruition of my thoughts.

Hope, will outweigh the strife,

that weighs heavily upon, my heart.

Hope, the champion of the future,

a prelude to ultimate victory.

Hope, is enough to suture,

the wounds, inflicted by misery.

Hope, will mend the broken fragments

of a life unduly shattered.

—– —– —– —–

Hope, will diminish the lament,

of those whose clothes are tattered.

Hope, designed to stich each patch,

and sew together the unraveled strands.

Hope, will help to gather all who are lost,

like collecting so many grains of sand.

Hope, will meld with faith,

bridging the gap in between.

Hope obtained, will never fade,

always contributing to the dream.

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Gazing Upon You

How can I steer a steady course,

toward Your benevolence and kindness?

Only by giving the helm

to Your guidance and direction.

How can I remain on the path

toward Your promises?

Only by fixing my gaze upon You,

rather than on this world.

—– —– —– —–

And, yet, if I am fortunate,

Your gaze also rests upon me.

For, how can I maintain

this grace bestowed upon me,

except to receive what You give?

And, how can I obtain peace of mind,

except to give of myself to others?

—– —– —– —–

For You have shown us the way,

through Your attributes of mercy,

that are freely given at Your discretion,

despite our lack of merit.

And, You are the first and the last,

Your presence will rest upon Israel.

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