Sunday, December 30, 2012

Poem for the New Year

Okay! I'm back. I'm committed and look forward to sharing more with you, soon! I close 2012 and open 2013 with a poem sketched in 2010 at Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year 5771). (For those who do not know: tallit is a prayer shawl and tzitzit are the ritually knotted fringes on each of the corners of the tallit.)


I stand at the cusp of a new year and ask:

What do I bring with me from the year ending?

Let me bring openheartedness and the courage to love!
To love the neighbor that drives me crazy.
To love the co-worker that makes work difficult.
To love the friend whose mouth is almost always filled with complaints. 

Yes, let me openheartedly, courageously love difficult moments and 
difficult people, including me. Sometimes, what scares me in others are my fears manifests; requesting compassion. 

I create a spiritual tallit: 
Weft with the sweet moments of friends and family and community
Woven new work and opportunities
Weft with the sweet moments of friends and family and community
Woven of memories of those lost in all the different ways we lose people
Weft with the sweet moments of friends and family and community
Woven with renewals of old acquaintances and friendships
Weft with taking notice of life’s myriad of moments
Woven with the sweet moments of friends and family and community

I knot a tzitzit for my love of the Eternal One.
I knot a tzitzit for my love of community within the covenant.
I knot a tzitzit for my love of community outside the covenant.
I knot a tzitzit for my love of life and creation.

Let me bring wisdom and wonder.
Let me bring wisdom bold enough to crack open
and wonder spirited enough to melt down.
Let me bring wisdom and wonder to guide me on this path of 
        learning and growing and sharing and renewing.

For this New Year 
I bring all that I have been and
All that I have experienced
So that I may be all the Creator needs me to be
For this New Year.



(c) Copyright Sabrina Sojourner 2012