Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Ashes to Palms

remember you are dust
ashes fell, awkwardly onto our
    eye lashes
    smudge our foreheads
prompting curious glances,
comments in the grocery store

ashes gave way to a
    seasonal giving up

ashes washed away
    still mark us for a season
until, awkwardly,
    we try to sing and walk while
        waving palm leaves

the season, begun with ashes
    (our own mortality)
    now rushes toward our G-d's
        death ~
    divine mortality recalling our own,
        ashes mingling with tears.        

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