September 17, 2019

The Lord is a Loaded Gun – A poem for parsha Pinchas

so that I did not destroy the children of Israel
because of My zeal.

The Lord is a loaded gun
ready to destroy us at every
mis-timed praise.

The Lord seems on edge
but easily diffuses with a few
kind words and actions.

The Lord is zealous and jealous
and has trouble finding his/her limits
because he/she is infinite.

The Lord lays down the law
and gets a little huffy if you
don’t follow it.

The Lord covenants with peace
and smites, willy-nilly,
on the very same day.

The Lord counts half the people
leaving the other half to
make bread and babies.

The Lord, they say,
is my shepherd, which, I guess,
makes me a sheep.

I hope the Lord doesn’t read this
I’m in enough trouble
as it is.


God Wrestler: a poem for every Torah Portion by Rick LupertLos Angeles poet Rick Lupert created the Poetry Super Highway (an online publication and resource for poets), and hosted the Cobalt Cafe weekly poetry reading for almost 21 years. He’s authored 23 collections of poetry, including “God Wrestler: A Poem for Every Torah Portion“, “I’m a Jew, Are You” (Jewish themed poems) and “Feeding Holy Cats” (Poetry written while a staff member on the first Birthright Israel trip), and most recently “Hunka Hunka Howdee!” (Poems written in Memphis, Nashville, and Louisville – Ain’t Got No Press, May 2019) and edited the anthologies “Ekphrastia Gone Wild”, “A Poet’s Haggadah”, and “The Night Goes on All Night.” He writes the daily web comic “Cat and Banana” with fellow Los Angeles poet Brendan Constantine. He’s widely published and reads his poetry wherever they let him.