Sunday, July 04, 2010

My New Soul

I awaken with great joy
In my birdsoul, G-d's envoy
Every day I awaken
This time routine is shaken

From atop this high stairway
There is not a lot to say
Happiness takes up less space
Than writing from a dark place

Feeling good I've awoken
My brighter side has spoken
May it spread like dominoes
Trickling way down to my toes

I've been awakened by joy
For G-d's work may I employ
This new gift of my new soul
As my joyful life unfolds


Blogger Anne D said...

I like "awakened by joy."

It reminds me of the wonderful title of CS Lewis's memoir of his midlife (or later?) love affair and marriage to a woman named Joy. Title: "Surprised by Joy."

July 5, 2010 at 7:09 PM  
Blogger Anne D said...

That's weird; I'm reading your blog backwards and didn't realize when I wrote the comment above that you had just reference CS Lewis a few days earlier!

July 5, 2010 at 7:11 PM  
Blogger rabbi neil fleischmann said...

Yes, and I was thinking of the quote you cited when I wrote the line you mentioned and the poem in general.

July 5, 2010 at 10:45 PM  
Blogger rabbi neil fleischmann said...

Thanks for the reading and and commenting. Hope you and yours are well.

July 5, 2010 at 10:46 PM  
Blogger Anne D said...

Hanging in here, Neil; thanks. Applying for unemployment; networking and hunting for jobs; catching up on many, many postponed chores and errands. And when it's not "too darn hot" like today, enjoying my gardens and walks along the beach.

July 6, 2010 at 10:43 PM  
Blogger rabbi neil fleischmann said...

Keep hanging in. I hope and pray on all fronts. I found a new store today that has great new books for a dollar. I bought Mary Karr's Sinners Welcome, which has a great essay in it on poetry as prayer in the context of her being a church goer with questions. Something you may appreciate.

July 7, 2010 at 4:17 AM  

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