Thursday, April 05, 2012

Thursday Poem - For Pesach

They thought they were safe
that spring night; when they daubed
the doorways with sacrificial blood.
To be sure, the angel of death
passed them over, but for what?
Forty years in the desert
without a home, without a bed,
following new laws to an unknown land.
Easier to have died in Egypt
or stayed there a slave, pretending
there was safety in the old familiar.

But the promise, from those first
naked days outside the garden,
is that there is no safety,
only the terrible blessing
of the journey. You were born
through a doorway marked in blood.
We are, all of us, passed over,
brushed in the night by terrible wings.

Ask that fierce presence,
whose imagination you hold.
God did not promise that we shall live,
but that we might, at last, glimpse the stars,
brilliant in the desert sky.

Lynn Ungar, 
(from Blessing the Bread)

Tomorrow is the first day of Passover.  Happy Pesach to everyone!

4 comments:

Chris said...

Amazingly beautiful poem. Thank you for posting.

Lilian Nattel said...

It is beautiful, thank you. Have a happy Easter-Passover.

One Woman's Journey - a journal being written from Woodhaven - her cottage in the woods. said...

Cate, thank you...

CIELO said...

The irony of the poem is... God DID promised we shall live. Amen

Cielo