festive holiday Jews dance with the Torah scroll I stand to the side when I attend on my own else remain at home some literally kiss the scroll blissful faces shine concentric circles of Jews expressions of love how to encourage my child to love traditions I find alienating ancient traditions tie our people together through both space and time hands arms elbows shoulders linked blur around the scroll generations kick skywards up into my groin feeling repelled brings heartache my past pulls me in my future draws me forward my present revolts I attend with my daughter never again on my own
The most intricate Japanese Poetry form is the Choka, or Long Poem. The early form consisted of a series of katauta joined together. This gives a choice of form structures of 5/7/5/5/7/7… etc., or: 5/7/7/5/7… etc.
The Choka could be any total line length and indeed many exceeded 100 lines. Looking at this, it is easy to see why Poetic Historians believe the katauta is the original basic unit of Japanese poetry using either the 17 or 19 unit onji.
Simchat Torah holiday?
The Jewish High Holy Day season is nearly at an end (thank friggin’ goodness!). In Israel, the final holiday, which, this year, we are celebrating from sunset on Sunday to sunset on Monday, is known as ‘Simchat Torah’.
During the holiday of Simchat Torah (which literally means: “The happiness of the Torah”), Jews will be dancing energetically around in circles with Torah scrolls in their communities following their evening and morning synagogue services, in celebration of the Torah (Five Books of Moses).
I have scheduled this post in advance to be published during ‘Simchat Torah’, as I don’t blog on the Jewish Sabbath or festival holidays.
Let’s write poetry together!
When it comes to partnership, some humans can make their lives alone – it’s possible. But creatively, it’s more like painting: you can’t just use the same colours in every painting. It’s just not an option. You can’t take the same photograph every time and live with art forms with no differences.–Ben Harper (b. 1969)
Would you like to create poetry with me and have a completed poem of yours featured here at the Skeptic’s Kaddish? I am very excited to have launched the ‘Poetry Partners’ initiative and am looking forward to meeting and creating with you… Check it out!