February 27, 2020

Poor, Poor Joseph – A poem for Parsha Vayeshev

Behold, that dreamer is coming…let us kill him
…and we will see what will become of his dreams.

Poor, poor Joseph
walking into brothers den
even angels against him

Poor, poor Joseph
Pit bound, Egypt bound
his coat, wrong kind of cachet

Sing it with me – poor, poor Joseph
Eleven of twelve brothers
want his blood

Poor, poor Joseph
dreams deferred
father about to get

the worst news
Poor, poor Joseph
We’ve read ahead

going to get worse
before it gets better
Poor, poor Joseph

What’cha gonna do?
What’cha gonna do?
Dream on, dreamer

dream on…

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.

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