My 1st ‘blues stanza’
Oh, Hebrew has long been our people's tongue Holy tongue, it's always been our ancient tongue That few know today for we're so far-flung Most Jews have seen it only in prayer books Though most don't ever open up prayer books How many give the Torah even single looks? Diaspora Jews from Israel live split Peoples since Babel times are always split Are Jews loose peoples or one tightly knit? Foods, customs, history also cultures define But more so our shared languages cultures define We Jews fast unraveling, no longer entwined We're scattered across shores of oceans blue Words foreign float across those oceans blue Oh, what unites us? Perhaps I never knew...
At d’Verse, we were prompted to “write blue” ~ a splash of blue, an ocean of blue, a shimmer of blue. Gaze into the distance, or look down at the sapphire on your finger. Take us to the Blue Ridge Mountains or the Blue Lagoon. Pour a Blue Monday cocktail, slap some blues on the juke box and let’s poem.
50 thoughts on “Loose peoples, or: One tightly knit?”
I feel (without really knowing) that only once a people try to unite around something you really get to know how different we are…
I think every nation will fail to try to build such a common ground… we just have to accept our differnces.
Could accepting internal differences help bring a nation together, I wonder, Björn?
Not sure… but any nation and any people has to accept their differences… coming together as a nation makes it the only way.
This is such a well written, thought provoking poem. It is the traditions that tie you together no matter how far flung you have landed. It is a more cultural tie than a religious one for many these days, regardless of the path you walk. David, I do hope the current unrest in Israel has not affected you and your family. It is so sad to see what is happening there 😢
Thanks so much, Christine ❤
I write a reflection about that here –
An exquisite poem, David! ❤ The Blues stanza format works very well for your theme. I like it very much! Stay safe and be well!
Much love you, Cheryl. I hope you’re doing well ❤
Jewish is a people, a religion, a metaphor. Nobody seems to know which came first the people or the religion, and does one define the other. You are part of a wandering people, with threads and root tendrils. There’s cohesion in it, even when it drifts like marine weed 🙂
That’s a very positive perspective, Jane 🙂
The Jews and the Irish have a lot in common 🙂
Honest, hard questions from the heart. They can make you blue, cold, indifferent. Keep seeking answers. I believe God loves Israel as He loves every other people. Covenant is covenant. But you alome have to find your answers. The blueness of a wound cleanses. That is somewhere in the Bible.
Thanks, Mary. That’s very kind of you.