Thursday, June 24, 2010

Latest World (Poetry) Cup News: Haku:4, Tanka:1

Is It True About The Eskimos?
Snowflakes look the same
They say each one is different
I sit and wonder
I feel the pain of difference
And of being just the same
What Are You Doing This Summer?
Here lies the answer
to frequently asked question
cited in title
Tika Be'Shofar
G-d, blow a shofar
and get us out of this place
out of our exile
Ki Le'Yeshuatcha Kivinu Kol HaYom
Perhaps unawares
we await your redemption
all the live long day
My Response To Your Puppy Eyes Asking To Be Shliach Tzibbur
That I be a mentsch
that's just what my mom wanted
above the amud


Anonymous Shira at Table Poetry said...

The first one is my favorite - the pain of being different and of being the same. I wonder how many people wander around feeling like that.
But I also love the playfulness of 'what are you doing this summer?' It put a smile on my face.

June 25, 2010 at 3:10 AM  
Blogger rabbi neil fleischmann said...

Thanks - made my day so far. A lot of people I know are like that, but I think people I connect most strongly with a tiny part of the population (INFPs by and large). When I'm in situations with the larger world I see people running fast without much thought, not feeling the same or different or much at all but hurried and busy and focussed - oh my (sigh).

A comment I once received on these virtual pages comes to mind: "Sometimes I read your blog and think: How is it possible that this smart, talented person is not married? But I realize that those of us who are a bit different take longer to find our perfect match. You're not just the average, everyday haiku-writing, well-read, comedian-rabbi. :D"

June 25, 2010 at 9:21 AM  

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