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The Dream of a New Year

  Today we celebrate the 
beginning of the New Year for the sons and 
     daughters of Israel
As the prayer says life is "the dream that flies away" 
Well, now is the time 
to take stock of ourselves 
breathe a deep sigh 
   for all that has gone before
and look ahead confidently 
   into the future 
We lift our voices in song 
  and our hearts in prayer
  The Book of Life opens 
   and our fate 
is inscribed in it 
   The world is still a vast and sometimes dangerous 
With our eyes wide 
we prepare ourselves for the New Year
   The blasts from the shofar 
   cut through the autumn air 
   signaling hope 
for Israel and the diaspora 
On this autumn day 
We should recall 
the sacrifices 
of our forefathers 
  and attempt to live up to those 
Not an easy task 
but a necessary one
L'Shanah Tovah



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  1. Date: 9/27/2014 10:58:00 AM

    A New Year desinated by God..Enjoyed reading your work..Thanks for the visit to my page.Sara
  1. Date: 9/26/2014 10:29:00 PM

    on my non proposal poem, I had to tell you, at least I got a ring out of the deal. hahaha
  1. Date: 9/26/2014 2:49:00 PM

    So very true.
  1. Date: 9/26/2014 12:55:00 AM

    I hope that the future will hold many successes for you, Matthew. Your positive outlook on life is so inspiring, just hold onto that and you will always do well... Really great writing, Matthew!
  1. Date: 9/25/2014 10:41:00 PM

    Matt, you seem well versed in your Jewish traditions but you are not an orthodox Jew, right? I know so little of that culture. Anyway, this is a very nice description of an aspect of your faith.
  1. Date: 9/25/2014 10:41:00 PM

    Oh, and forgot to say. I got your chapbook. Looking good!!
  1. Date: 9/24/2014 4:25:00 PM

    Wow what an amazing Poem Matthew!!!-Love Ettie
  1. Date: 9/24/2014 10:50:00 AM

    a hopeful and uplifting piece for new beginnings, matthew.... just beautifully done!.. huggs
  1. Date: 9/23/2014 11:43:00 PM

    I certainly hope the new year brings a new and vibrantly joyous life, in future times.
  1. Date: 9/23/2014 8:51:00 PM

    Hello Matt, I do not know this New Year, however, autumn seems to have the best give always... Enjoyed ~LINDA~