of these seven days lingers,
like our hearts, minds, and spirit,
intent on remaining for another day
in Your presence on Shemini Atzeret.
We will carry these sacred moments,
into our lives, during the ensuing months
until we meet again at Pesach.
“He looketh in through the windows, he peereth through the lattice.”
– Song of Songs 2:9, JPS 1917 Tanach
A glimpse of the Shechinah, within her castle,
as she peers out on occasion during the day;
is this not the goal of all mystics, who seek
only to find for a moment, this brief reward?
Yet, modernity closes in upon the opportunity,
to gaze in peace and silence, to wonder
at all that is sublime within G-d’s creation,
progressively curtailed in Babylon.