More Poetry for Elul

From the great Canadian-Jewish poet, Shulamis Yelin (1913-2002):

In your image,
in your image, God,
You made me in your image,
and I reach upward, seeking –
to be like You, God.

Just? Like You I’m vengeful.
Merciful? Like You I seek an understanding heart.
Jealous? Yes, I’m jealous
and iniquitous
and long suffering –
and like You
I dream to make a world,
(in miniature, God),
to do my bidding.

And loving I can be, yes, loving,
to a penitent, punished child.

Yet clearly, God, most clearly,
do I see in me your oneness,
your all-oneness,
your aloneness –
in my heart.

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2 Comments on “More Poetry for Elul”

  1. rbarenblat says:

    What a gorgeous poem. Thank you for this.

  2. […] Posted: September 20, 2011 | Author: Rabbi Brant Rosen | Filed under: Elul, God, Poetry | Leave a comment » […]


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