At the momentous ceremony, the youth nearly floundered before the humble hut but, shaking, managed to present Elder Aric with the fern leaf. "Greetings, Elder… Vedia offers tribute… We honor our roots." This piece of flash fiction was written in response to: The Sunday Muse #238; Fandango’s One-Word Challenge: 'flounder'; Ragtag Daily Prompt Saturday: 'roots';… Continue reading We honor our roots
Some tidbits of context As I've noted, Simchat Torah (literally: 'The Joy of the Torah') is the final holiday of the Jewish High Holy Day season in Israel that begins with Rosh haShannah (literally: 'The Head of the Year'). As somebody who lacks the basic tenets of faith that underlie the theological intentions behind the… Continue reading Three parenting highlights from Simchat Torah
A Choka 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… Continue reading The happiness of the Torah, or: Feh!
Poetry Partners #49 'On vacation', a poem by Maria L. Berg of 'Experience Writing' We visited And something else disappeared pieces of shared experience taking up residence in the paintings on your forehead and the crook behind a slightly bent left leg The apartment didn't want to keep me so we met in other places… Continue reading On vacation, or: For the funeral
Sangeetha & David's new poetry project Once upon a time, two poets who'd never met in person spontaneously began writing verses back and forth to one another over the Internet. Their first poetry project took them some nine months: a 100 verse Hyakuin. Once they'd completed their oeuvre, the two decided to continue their creative… Continue reading The Candlelight, or: Form verses creativity
An American sentence: Unlike Santa Claus, Ded Moroz wears outfits of various colors. Ded Moroz (Grandfather Frost) Santa Claus and Ded Moroz have several superficial similarities: they’re old white men with long white beards, wearing heavy coats with white trim, giving out presents to the good little children... Nonetheless, Ded Moroz has a few distinctly… Continue reading Ded Moroz, or: Santa Claus
An American sentence: If Christ was born on Christmas, his circumcision was held on New Year's. What's an 'American Sentence'? Allen Ginsberg, inventor of the American Sentence, felt that the haiku didn’t work as well in English. Ginsberg decided to remove the line structure of the haiku, maintaining the requirement of 17 syllables total. He… Continue reading The Baby Jesus, or: Yeshu haTinok
An American sentence: Seeking personal meaning in religion may reveal profound flaws. What's an 'American Sentence'? Allen Ginsberg, inventor of the American Sentence, felt that the haiku didn’t work as well in English. Ginsberg decided to remove the line structure of the haiku, maintaining the requirement of 17 syllables total. He felt that removing the… Continue reading Simians, or: Sapiens