The Soul’s Beloved

L-rd, you safeguarded my soul,

even in the midst of the darkness

that seemed to consume my life,

at the time when all was lost.

Draw your servant out of the darkness,

and into the light of your sacred intentions,

that I may know what Your design is

for my soul to flourish in this world,

and the World-to-Come.

Rescue me from the fire and ice,

so that I may be free to breathe fresh air,

unhindered by the mire,

where I had previously sunk.

That every day may be

an opportunity for renewal,

as I climb higher on the divine ladder,

between Earth and Heaven.

Our Brethren

“There shall no evil come to thee: nor shall the scourge come near thy dwelling.” – Psalm 91:10

No longer driven this way and that,

because we are given the blessing of adaptability

in times of war, when all appears lost.

And, in times of peace as well,

in our homes, and when all alone,

to remember our brethren and kin,

when we have no one to tell

our troubles to except for G-d.

The memories of ashes, everywhere,

like dust in the currents of wind,

that shift across the ages.

Yet, renewal is at hand,

across this war-torn land,

when we turn to the One above,

Who can reconcile our lives to Himself,

and absolve our sins of indifference

to both G-d and mankind.

Seeking Him

Give thanks to His name,

despite everything that seems to be in disarray.

Proclaim His acts across the land,

and offer a helping hand,

to those in need.

Sing words of praise to Him,

even when things do not appear to be going well.

Play music in His honor,

and in the splendor of holiness,

worship Him.

Let your heart rejoice

in the provision of the L-RD,

for His grace abounds,

and the level of His mercy

cannot be found out.

Always search out the L-RD,

and seek His countenance,

a refuge in the storms of life,

a guide to all your challenges

along the way home.

Crackling Flames

If I could hear the silence of the night,

and listen to the sounds, when all is quiet,

I would be soothed to sleep by the stillness

of the earth, sky, and nearby forests.

Yet, this is a rare and precious treat,

that I am not often blessed with from Above;

for some reason or another,

I am mostly subject to bothersome

levels of music, television,

and other disturbances,

such as the return of my neighbors

after closing time at the bars,

around two a.m.

I would rather be an owl in a tree,

or an eagle in the sky;

yet, I humbly accept my predicament,

and patiently wait to be delivered

from my current circumstances.

Meanwhile, if there was quietude,

then, perhaps I would be able to hear

the crackling of the nighttime flames,

and the consumption of the fire,

as it consumes the pine tree forests

alongside the San Francisco Peaks.

earthweal prompt

Seek the Light

Churches, hospitals, and schools,

are these not all sacrosanct?

Synagogues, yeshivas, and kosher markets,

become battle grounds for good and evil?

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America the home of the brave

risks in many ways, becoming

a country where the depraved

seem to give free reign to evil,

forsaking a guilt-soaked conscience,

and side-stepping any sense of reason.

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While we wait in vain for any change,

we would be better off to pray

for our own transformation within,

as well as for the moral conscience

of the melting pot of America.

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Systemic sin, from the beginning,

in the Garden of Eden, takes its toll,

because it goes unnoticed in our lives,

hidden beneath layers of distractions

from what is essential in life –

to nourish the soul with truth.

© 2022

The light of redemption for humanity begins within, and spreads without, candle by candle, flame by flame, until the hearts of all mankind are alight with compassion, and a sense of justice, for harmony to prevail. Even so, most will choose not to follow this path, and the wicked will continue to be wicked, as the righteous continue to pursue righteousness. This may appear to be a bleak reality; however, I believe that it is important to acknowledge the existence of both good and evil in the world.

Where is hope? Hope may be found in the promises of G-d to enlighten our eyes to the truth. For, there will be no hundredth monkey effect, nor Omega Point of unification, until Heaven smiles upon us from Above. Neither will there be a utopia brought about by man through technology, nor a peace brokered by world leaders, until the final battle of good and evil, whereof good will triumph. So, for myself, I will seek to remain in the light and look Above for the answer. Until then, love my neighbor as myself, unmask the lies in the world, and seek to be a light in a world of darkness.

Dedicated to the victims and injured in Tulsa, Oklahoma;

to the innocent lives lost in Uvalde;

and to the lives lost in Bufalo, New York.

Additionally, to the lives taken in Ukraine by a merciless foe,

and all of the victims of the recent terror attacks in Israel.

May their memory be a blessing.”

Fallen Nature: Part Two

Woe to the inhabitants of the earth, who have no knowledge of the Creator,

Who was, is, and will continue to be Sovereign L-rd over all of His Creation,

even those of us who pray for the sake of the renewal of the earth,

yet, neglect to seek redemption for ourselves according to the divine plan.

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Pride, selfishness, and greed lead toward environmental degradation,

sometimes, as the consequence of war, as is evidenced in Ukraine,

in other instances of unfortunate significance, the effects of pollution,

disregarded by a profit over people and the earth mentality.

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Echoes of the primal shattering of the vessels that contained the elements,

prima facie evidence of the original fall of mankind that sent cosmic ripples

out into the universe, from one end of heaven to the other, worlds collided,

temperatures flared, beyond levels that were set in place to preserve life.

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If Paradise on earth reflected the harmony of a perfect universe,

then the disharmony of the fall shows the consequences of deviance

from the original blueprint, the design of mankind, replete with guidelines,

for the proper functioning, of mankind in relationship to self and others.

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Do we face the same unfolding of the universe at the end of time,

a resultant cataclysmic event brought about by a refusal to adhere

the parameters of a finite existence, and limited resources,

until He Who holds the stars in the palm of His hands relents?

Fallen Nature

A beautiful garden, in harmony as a microcosm of the Universe,

reflecting the perfect order of nature, established by the Creator,

containing diverse patterns that reflect the whole, so that we may bless

the Cosmic Genius, in our words and actions, treating the earth with favor.

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Despite the fall, when the oneness of the creation was shattered

by mankind’s insistence to assert himself above and beyond G-d’s grace,

we may still find a path of return to Eden, amidst the tattered garments

of G-d’s majesty, even through prayer that may ascend to His Place.

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For is it not clear that the solution lies not within our own reach,

try as we may to rectify past sins against ourselves and the earth?

How can the creature, whose tainted nature led to the breach,

between mankind and the origin of life, bring renewal from this dearth?

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Seek, and you shall find out that the scattered clues of disobedience,

the consequences that appear throughout all of creation, are evident,

from the decay that occurs in response to entropy, to genetic mutations,

that do not reflect the original intentions of the Intelligent Designer.

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Compare the harmony that existed, previously in Gan Eden,

wherein the complete biosphere was a perfect and precise mirror

0f universal precision, calculated within the depths of wisdom;

yet, disturbed, unsettled, and compelled to veer from its trajectory.

earthweal prompt

(see part two, here)

Future Coexistence

Desolate, landscape flattened by conflagration,

engulfed in flames, leaving a blackened char,

compelling predators to encroach upon man’s habitations,

as mountain lions eye cattle as prey,

and rabbits have nowhere to hide.

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Reminds of the devastation in Mariupol –

ninety percent destroyed by the invasion;

as Mother Russia sends her children into the fray,

on an ill-guided mission to subdue a people,

compromised of many voices, beliefs, and ways.

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All of G-d’s creation is subject to changes,

beyond our understanding, for we share a common fate,

when removed from the lands we knew as home;

and who knows of the soul of man that ascends,

and the spirit of the beasts that descend into the earth,

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Namely, that mankind, the crown of creation

is called to account for our passage of time,

upon the surface of G-d’s blue and white sphere,

first seen as a whole, in its entirety, by astronauts,

who transcended humanity for a brief moment?

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Like a tree, planted alongside flowing waters,

mankind is destined to flourish despite all odds,

even endure the momentous cataclysms ahead,

like a final test, before transitioning into a world,

where niches are shared underneath blue skies.

In Sympatico

Oh L-rd,

only wisdom,

bright as your countenance,

will shed light on my wayward path,



every night…

during the days of gloom,

when there is no room for this hope

to bloom.

To bloom,

like a flower,

transplanted from soil,

depleted by war’s cruelty,

and dearth.

And dearth,

leaves us scant food,

unable to nourish

our souls with everlasting hope,

and dreams.

And dreams,

vanish in sync

with the early morning

air raids, that signal a new day,

oh L-rd.

Our Hope

Ribon HaOlamim,

Master of the Worlds,

look down upon your children,

and hear our plea, for the sake of peace,

amongst Your diverse Creation.

You are One, and Your Name is One:

yet, not until the Day of Reckoning,

will this be realized in our hearts.

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In hope, in fulfillment of all

that is promised to Your people,

we cast our eyes above, towards You,

in recognition of Your awesome holiness,

and in acknowledgment of our

human weaknesses and pettiness.

Bestow Your light upon us,

and hearken to our prayers.