Monday, June 07, 2010

"A vision softly creeping left its seeds while I was sleeping." - Paul Simon

I had students taking a final this morning and came in to answer their questions and to write more finals. As I type, Josh Radin sings, " I know I'll be OK." This time of year is hard. It's over, it's not over, I have to be here, I don't have to be here, it's over , it's not over...

A colleague of mine once told me that I should change the name of this blog to something about being super sensitive. I thought it might sound like showing off (not that NY's Funniest Rabbi hasn't evoked accusations of being a show off), and just wasn't comfortable with it. That reminds me of an original joke of mine - It used to be that if you looked up the word shy in the dictionary you'd find my photo. I made them take it out. I don't know just made me uncomfortable.

What is life? I think a major part of life is sharing and connecting. I have a friend that I've nicknamed the vault. He is a holder of secrets of many. Truth be told I hold some people's secrets too. I hold and cherish the secrets, cradle and protect them. We don't look for hard times in life and yet sometimes it's through the hard times that we connect and share and accept and hold together in the deepest of the deepest of the deepest of ways.

I'm thinking of naming my haiku book, "This poem is short because I do not have time to write a long one." The following poems were written tonight in and around the subway following a pleasant social engagement.

Like well crafted spoken words,
Have to be chiseled
Less is really less
It's only now and then that
We see less as more
First off long was long -
long before short came along,
became the new long
This poem is short
because I do not have time
to write a long one
Waiting for my train
Or am I engineering?
Or under the train
So crowded in here
Bells chime and the door closes
We are each alone
I guess Paul Simon was right
Existentialism lives
Chivalry, I think
Is neither alive nor dead
It goes up and down


Blogger torontopearl said...

I like your original joke. Did you ever submit it anywhere or to any comedian?

June 8, 2010 at 7:26 AM  
Blogger rabbi neil fleischmann said...

Nah, never wanted to do that. I keep my jokes for myself. Yet, usually I push the button when I perform and the same stuff comes out and I rarely remember to do that one. Also, my crowds are often older folks and that line's a bit too wry and subtle (hop?) for their tastes.

June 8, 2010 at 7:33 AM  

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