Patriotism Ellie Schoenfeld My country is this dirt that gathers under my fingernails when I am in the garden. The quiet bacteria and fungi, all the little insects and bugs are my compatriots. They are idealistic, always working together for the common good. I kneel on the earth and pledge my allegiance to all the … Continue reading Praying with Fringes 07/07/2017 – and pledge my allegiance to all the dirt of the world
Reverence Julie Cadwallader-Staub The air vibrated with the sound of cicadas on those hot Missouri nights after sundown when the grown-ups gathered on the wide back lawn, sank into their slung-back canvas chairs tall glasses of iced tea beading in the heat and we sisters chased fireflies reaching for them in the dark admiring their … Continue reading Praying with Fringes 07/06/2017 – that same utter certainty of the goodness of life
Raspberries Judith McDaniel Others ripen slowly into darkness; You hide beneath a leaf and come in swift and fragrant redness.
Today Mary Oliver Today I'm flying low and I'm not saying a word. I'm letting all the voodoos of ambition sleep. The world goes on as it must, the bees in the garden rumbling a little, the fish leaping, the gnats getting eaten. And so forth. But I'm taking the day off. Quiet as a … Continue reading Praying with Fringes 06/16/2017 – one of the doors into the temple
Bee Balm Gerald Stern Today I’m sticking a shovel in the ground and digging up the little green patch between the hosta and the fringe bleeding heart. I am going to plant bee balm there and a few little pansies till the roots take and the leaves spread out in both directions. This is so … Continue reading Praying with Fringes 06/15/2017 – so I can reach my own face up to his and let him drink the sugar from my lips
from I Dreamt Last Night Antonio Machado I dreamt last night oh marvelous error, that there were honeybees in my heart, making honey out of my old failures.
Now May Alicia Ostriker Now May cries out again, I'm here, I'm here until tulips roar like lions, daffodils scream like witches robins puff their chests out, sumptuous maples shout for a wind to come over and wrestle, but as for us we belong to the species that thinks it can change the laws we … Continue reading Praying with Fringes 05/12/2017 – we are the ones that trample and soar and bulldoze
A Blessing for Salt Elliott batTzedek & Karen Escovitz At my seder we pretty much bless everything on the table, including the flowers, the water, and the salt. After all, in Jewish tradition, you can't eat something until you've blessed it, so how can we possibly dip into salt water until we've blessed both? … Continue reading Praying with Fringes 04/07/2017 – A Ritual to Bless Salt on Pesach
when you become the rain Martha Courtot when you become the rain things get easier your hands grow more able to touch the dusky earth of course your name changes you choose you insist on your choice you move across the day and light follows having transformed dissolved alchemized you have said good-bye to … Continue reading Praying with Fringes 04/06/2017 – your hands grow more able to touch the dusky earth
A Ritual for Welcoming Your Ancestors to Your Seder Elliott batTzedek Leader: Draw to your mind your ancestors—genetic or spiritual. Imagine them in the different places they lived, the lands and seas they traveled, by choice and for their lives, in freedom and enslaved. Imagine them holding what was precious to them, imagine this gift … Continue reading Praying with Fringes 04/05/2017 – A Ritual for Welcoming Your Ancestors to Your Seder