Jews, or: Tattoos

A triolet

Had I not been born a Jew ~
Prob'ly wouldn't have become one.
P'raps I'd have gotten some tattoo,[1]
Had I not been born a Jew...
Or... more than one! P'raps a few...
Though... hard to get tat ink undone...
Had I not been born a Jew ~
Prob'ly wouldn't have become one.

Footnote

  1. It is against traditional Jewish religious law (halakha) to get a tattoo; I was raised in a non-religious home but knew that tattoos were verboten because my parents were very traditionally-minded.

60 thoughts on “Jews, or: Tattoos”

    1. Yeah – I don’t really want a tattoo, per se.. it just fit the poem, and it served as an example of an arbitrary religious restriction…

      โค
      David

  1. A metaphor for living into who you are without regret, but at the same time seeing another road possible and holding the tension.

  2. Very cleaver piece David. I did not know this but I imagine it would be consider defiling the body which we are suppose to treat like a temple. Sending my love to you and your family. xoxoxo Joni

      1. Yea!! I agree that God wants us to take care of our bodies. So true. Have a great week David. Your poetry is really good. ๐Ÿค—โค๏ธ๐Ÿฆ‹๐Ÿฆ‹

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