Tag Archives: Jewish Girls

Prayers for a Queen to step out of her shadow

Standard


By Dana Janine Diamond

Buried
all the pain
but it insists
on climbing through the mist
spectral fingers clawing
peering out of the mud
feeling their way
pulling us back
underground
it’s been more
so much more
it shouldn’t have been
at all
for all the little flowers
emanating light
sending wishes
like honey candles
in the blue, sugared night
I don’t know
if a new sun,
a new year
holds more promises
than the last
I don’t know
if faith works
I don’t know
what hope will bring
all my memories
are here with me now
maybe this is why
we mark time
so we can remember
our parents’ songs
so we can sing
with our children
maybe this year
I won’t be alone
on the floor
of the chapel outskirts
awash in angst and despair
maybe this year
the good
will outnumber
the pain
there is no telling.
All the intellect
and intricate beauty
brings minute comfort
in moments
such as these
the unfathomable
governs
but we rise
by uttering, recognizing,
naming
our blessings
praising gratitude
and abundant, unending love.

COPYRIGHT 2017 Dana Janine Diamond ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. See Copyright Notice pertaining to thejewishpoetess.wordpress.com

Advertisements

Let My People Go

Standard

        By Dana Janine Diamond 

And by people,
I mean women
and girls,
Let us go to the Wall,
and above

image

Let us pray, move,
love
as we wish,
we are constellations, traveling

image

how many thousands more
years, tears will it take
to be free,
to be safe in this world
from Tennessee
to the Red Sea
to the Dead Sea,

image

a multitude of minyans,
we count.
Stars hurtling, leaping,
fascinating,
we are floating,
we are salt

image

binding ourselves
on an alter of self-sacrifice
to make space
for a relationship
with a God
who surely must love
us

image

Maybe now
is the time
to shake the Shechina up!
Unveil our hearts

image

image

We sway, we sway,
we chant, we pray
we sing, swim
traverse the high waters
storm out of the desert
towards grace,

image

image

Holy we rise
at last,
we live here.

image

By Dana Janine Diamond  
c2016 thejewishpoetess ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. See Copyright Notice pertaining to thejewishpoetess.wordpress.com