Friends — this has been a difficult, discouraging autumn, here in the United States and elsewhere. In the middle of this moral and political melancholy comes Chanukah, the so-called festival of lights — a celebration filled with fried food and nightly presents, behind which lurks the complex historical shadow of a rebellion against foreign occupiers. How are progressive Jews, or indeed progressive anybodies to think about this story in the context of our lives today? I don’t know. But I think about it. And I usually do my best thinking in a poem. So here is one, or rather 6 short linked poems.
kindle graceful states
Light for peace, open borders
Ignite a threshold.
The first night is big
The second diminutive
Three’s spacious. Empty?
Four asks the question
How long will where we stand last?
Five flickers not long.
Six tapers toward truth
Seven’s light prays for insight
Eight‘s says I can’t see.
The miracle burns–
Manifests only one night
How to move past it?
Molten wax darkness —
What next? What lies before us?
The red wicks glow. Look.
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