Poem: The Gift
Sitting before a window, with no desire
but to see with the heart, clearly:
you watch the shadows come
you let yourself be forgiven.
Clouds cross the sky, mending
the roughened edges here and there,
part way through your life.
From “The Days Between: Blessings, Poems, and Directions of the Heart for the Jewish High Holiday Season” (Brandeis University Press, 2014). Marcia Falk is a poet, scholar and translator from Hebrew and Yiddish. Her other books include “The Book of Blessings,” a re-creation of prayer from an inclusive, non-hierarchical perspective, and “The Song of Songs: Love Lyrics from the Bible.”