Praying with Fringes 04/06/2017 – your hands grow more able to touch the dusky earth

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

Praying with Fringes 04/05/2017 – A Ritual for Welcoming Your Ancestors to Your Seder

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

Praying with Fringes 4/04/2017 – We will wrap ourselves in this knowing

On the edge of Pesach Elliott batTzedek Blessed this edge where we wait, balancing, weighing our own lives. Will we choose, finally, liberation- meaning everyone- or will we choose ourselves and leave others behind still enslaved? Blessed are we when our choosings begin to form redemption from every fragment from any raw material. Sacred is … Continue reading Praying with Fringes 4/04/2017 – We will wrap ourselves in this knowing

Praying with Fringes 02/11/2017 – How “Fuck you” becomes a love song

You are who I love Aracelis Girmay You, selling roses out of a silver grocery cart You, in the park, feeding the pigeons You cheering for the bees You with cats in your voice in the morning, feeding cats You protecting the river You are who I love delivering babies, nursing the sick You with … Continue reading Praying with Fringes 02/11/2017 – How “Fuck you” becomes a love song

Praying with Fringes 02/10/2017 – even as we discern the torn world

עָלֵינוּ  / Aleynu L’shabey’akh: It Is Ours to Praise Marcia Falk It is ours to praise the beauty of the world even as we discern the torn world. For nothing is whole that is not first rent and out of the torn we make whole again. May we live with promise in creation’s lap, redemption … Continue reading Praying with Fringes 02/10/2017 – even as we discern the torn world

Praying with Fringes 02/09/2017 -We saw, we heard, we spoke, we did not-enough

Let Them Not Say Jane Hirshfield Let them not say:          we did not see it. We saw. Let them not say:         we did not hear it. We heard. Let them not say:            they did not taste it. We ate, we trembled. Let them not say:         it was not spoken, not written. We spoke, we … Continue reading Praying with Fringes 02/09/2017 -We saw, we heard, we spoke, we did not-enough

Praying with Fringes 02/08/2017 – we dislike injustice and cancer, and are not unaware of our terrible errors

Ode to the Unbroken World, Which Is Coming Thomas Lux It must be coming, mustn’t it? Churches and saloons are filled with decent humans. A mother wants to feed her daughter, fathers to buy their children things that break. People laugh, all over the world, people laugh. We were born to laugh, and we know … Continue reading Praying with Fringes 02/08/2017 – we dislike injustice and cancer, and are not unaware of our terrible errors

Praying with Fringes 02/07/2017 – it’s difficult to get the news from our bodies, yet people die each day for lack of what is found there

For the Fifty (Who Formed PEACE With Their Bodies) Philip Metres In the green beginning,           in the morning mist,                               they emerge from their chrysalis of clothes: peel off purses & cells,           & Gap sweats, turtle-                     necks & tanks, Tommy’s & Salvation Army, platforms & clogs,           abandoning bras & lingerie, labels                     & names, courtesies & shames, … Continue reading Praying with Fringes 02/07/2017 – it’s difficult to get the news from our bodies, yet people die each day for lack of what is found there

Praying with Fringes 02/06/2017 – the lives fleshing his dream of the beautiful, needful thing

Frederick Douglass Robert Hayden When it is finally ours, this freedom, this liberty, this beautiful and terrible thing, needful to man as air, usable as earth; when it belongs at last to all, when it is truly instinct, brain matter, diastole, systole, reflex action; when it is finally won; when it is more than the … Continue reading Praying with Fringes 02/06/2017 – the lives fleshing his dream of the beautiful, needful thing

Praying with Fringes 01/22/2017 – what answer undoes gendered hate

Book of Names Seth Michelson Where do we keep them, George Tiller, Barnett Slepian, David Gunn, these beloveds who died like mourning doves snared in barbed-wire fences, wings beating against Church carpets and the white tile of clinic floors, where John Britton and James Barrett bled out, each alone, so much hot red pain in … Continue reading Praying with Fringes 01/22/2017 – what answer undoes gendered hate