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Rosh Hashannah

Updated on June 10, 2010
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The day off for which I don't get paid

The ancient festival

Layered now with meaning

Like the coffee cup at my wrist

Or more like the ground beneath this house

Or more like the ground beneath a house

In Jerusalem

Where walked so many voices

Yet heard today

The harvest festival

Of an agricultural people

The day when God opens the book of life

Begins the yearly inventory

Of souls

Who shall live and who shall die

Who shall laugh and who shall cry

Etcetera

Useful

To remind of the moving universe

Flowing and constantly changing

To take stock

Of thoughts and desires

Are they worthy

Are they worthwhile

Will they truly bring joy

I must finish this poem

So that I can iron my pants

Later my wife and daughter

All prettied up

And I will go

Wrapped in a shawl of prayer

Sit among my people

Before the universe

Thankful to have made the circuit

One more lap

On this racetrack of life

My daughter will stand before the multitude

Read words in an ancient language

In her beautiful voice

We will reflect

We will eat

We will be together

Rosh Hashannah

A wonderful day

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    • Tom Rubenoff profile imageAUTHOR

      Tom Rubenoff 

      8 years ago from United States

      I think you're right! :)

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      SilverGenes 

      8 years ago

      This is lovely from beginning to end.

      "We will reflect

      We will eat

      We will be together"

      I don't think it gets any better than this :-)

    • Tom Rubenoff profile imageAUTHOR

      Tom Rubenoff 

      8 years ago from United States

      Thanks so much, Kim!

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      Kim Garcia 

      8 years ago

      Beautiful!!! Rosh Hashannah...."The Jewish New Year!" What a lovely poem to share, gives us a bit of insight into your holiday and tradition as well as your appreciation. Many Blessings!! ~K

    • Tom Rubenoff profile imageAUTHOR

      Tom Rubenoff 

      8 years ago from United States

      Thanks Wesley. Rosh Hashannah is a Jewish Tradition :)

      Hey Cris, buddy! You know, nonchalance is part of my religion :)

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      Cris A 

      8 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      hey Tom

      I like how you dug deeper into the festival nonchalantly. Everything fell like words in a conversation - only poetic :D

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      wesleycox 

      8 years ago from Back in Texas, at least until August 2012

      This is very good. Rosh Hashanna, is that a Jewish tradition?

    • Tom Rubenoff profile imageAUTHOR

      Tom Rubenoff 

      8 years ago from United States

      Thanks so much, John!

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      divinemercylover1 

      8 years ago

      Great Poem Tom. Thank you for sharing. I liked it. Have a wonderful day. - John

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