Poem by Marge Piercy

These are my favorite prayers in the Jewish liturgy, and I like Marge Piercy’s interpretations of them. They also capture the best of the holiday season. Happy Hannukah, merry Christmas, and thank G-d we’re on the other side of the solstice, everyone!

Shema
Hear, Israel, you are of God and God is one.
Praise the name that speaks us through all time.

V’ahavta
So you shall love what is holy with all your courage, with all your passion
with all your strength.
Let the words that have come down
shine in our words and our actions.
We must teach our children to know and understand them.
We must speak about what is good
and holy within our homes
when we are working, when we are at play,
when we lie down and when we get up.
Let the work of our hands speak of goodness.
Let it run in our blood
and glow from our doors and windows.

We should love ourselves, for we are of God.
We should love our neighbors as ourselves.
We should love the stranger, for we
were once strangers in the land of Egypt
and have been strangers in all the lands of the world since.
Let love fill our hearts with its clear precious water.
Heaven and earth observe how we cherish or spoil our world.
Heaven and earth watch whether we choose life or choose death.
We must choose life so our children’s children may live.
Be quiet and listen to the still small
voice within that speaks in love.
Open to that voice, hear it, heed it and work for life.
Let us remember and strive to be good.
Let us remember to find what is holy within and without.

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~ by realsupergirl on December 24, 2008.

One Response to “Poem by Marge Piercy”

  1. stay in and keep the door shut

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