Elul, or: August

A haibun The Hebrew calendar is lunar, rather than solar like the Gregorian calendar, which is used throughout most of the world. However, unlike the lunar Muslim calendar, the Hebrew calendar includes leap years, making Jewish holidays seasonal. Passover, for example, is always in the Spring; Chanukah is always in the Winter. The exact dates… Continue reading Elul, or: August

Flood, or: Brown death

My 1st lushi Reinterpreting 'Flood' by T'ao Chien Brown clouded sky, broiling, broiling. Hot gusting sands, hurling, hurling. Khamsin consuming in all directions. Parching dust storm, whirling, whirling. Raising waterskin to broken lips. Death's eastern wind, unfurl, unfurling. Desolately-I recall kind warnings. Ignored their advice-sterling, sterling. Flood by T'ao Chien The lingering clouds, rolling, rolling,… Continue reading Flood, or: Brown death

Vertical puddle, or: Snow

My first rispetto T'wards snow in Jerusalem I feel cold, Slip-sloshing through this dirty wet hassle; I'd much prefer to stay locked in my hold, Where I'm king of my dry, humble castle Israelites tend to find snow exciting, But my fingers feel stiff while I'm writing. Such commotion would a Russian befuddle ~ What's… Continue reading Vertical puddle, or: Snow