Depth of Spirit

My heart pitters and patters,

while the glitter of the world subsides;

my desires shift to the transcendent,

as past and present collide.

The fireworks of yesteryear,

only a gleam in my mind’s eye;

the essential truths of my life sear

my conscience, and memory.

Called, to transcend the mundane,

wayward paths of my youth;

to let go of all done in vain,

while forging ahead in truth.

A smile brings comfort,

to every soul that yearns,

for the depth of spirit,

that like a flame will burn.

poetry: Sublime

Do not eschew wisdom;
nor, turn your heart away from Me.
I am the L-RD your G-d, Who 
brought you out of bondage.

Rest in the refuge that G-d provides,
when we turn our heart towards Him.
If we search elsewhere, we will falter;
yet, He will guide us Home.

Everything that is done 
under the sun of healing,
shall be revealed as one,
within the tapestry of life.

Opposites collide with each other,
when we choose to live in fear.
Yet, tiferes combines all things,
that would otherwise appear disparate.

Adoshem echad, u’shmo echad.
The L-rd is one, above in Binah;
His name is one, within Malchus.
His radiance permeates everything.

poem: Horizon

I’ve grown lazy,
as my dreams clash with reality.
I have become disconnected from the actual,
because I focus on what would be ideal.

I sit behind my screen, peering into the world.
Trying to gain some kind of perspective,
that will shed light on current events.

Every time that I close down the screen,
the world vanishes along with the pixels,
that make up words and images.

On the morrow, they will reappear,
reconfigured in new patterns,
as changeable as the currents

of life that pulse through
a pastiche of reality
that never captures the essence,

falls short of the mark every time,
because of divisiveness, bias,
and myopic visions.

Like the parable about the elephant,
each person only able to describe
a singular part of the whole.

Yet, hope is on the horizon,
when the lies subside
and the truth prevails.

The long awaited Kingdom,
wherein the lion and the lamb
live in peace with all of mankind.

To this, I look forward,
when all else is in disarray,
when mountains crumble,

I know that what remains
will be here to stay.

poem: Beyond Stasis

If we are bidden to sit still,
quietly awaiting for this to pass,
then we acknowledge His will,
and demonstrate acceptance.

Yet, if we envision our near future,
as no different than our recent past,
then we have missed the point, and,
have not taken the opportunity to change.

In the chaos around us,
there must be a still point,
a central focus for our lives,
amidst these challenges.

From that point, hope is born,
fear subsides, anxieties flee,
calm permeates the air we breathe;
the expectation of a new day
will help us to endure.

poem: Solace 2

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Like a unicorn in captivity,
I must settle down to this way
of existence for a moment.

No longer free to roam,
outside of my own domain,
nor, wander about in this world.

Explore the confines of silence,
rest in G-d’s protective shadow,
accept my limitations.

In the Garden of Eden,
the fruit from the Tree of Knowledge
was explicitly forbidden.

Now,
while sheltering in G-d’s Presence,
I can make recompense
for my transgressions.

And, be content, here,
as Dovid HaMelech was,
like a weaned child.

poem: The Search

L-rd,
I have no other recourse,
except towards You.
In this world, alone,
more than with others;
yet, always with You,
when I seek comfort.

To search for solace,
anywhere else is futile;
to deny this is foolish;
and, to yearn for others
to comprehend my path,
is only a vindication
of the fact that those
who live within the world,
without trying to seek ruchniyos,
can not understand those
who search daily for You.

Decidedly, all I can be
for the sake of others, is
focused on my own efforts to prevail
over gashmius, and point the way
in the direction of Truth.
As is conveyed by the saint,
seek to console others,
rather than be consoled.