Saturday, June 19

Tag: The BeZine

the spiritual teachers

Joy, poem, Poetry, Spirituality
out of the threads of your sacred languages out of the spare sculpture of your homely wisdom we formed clubs and built ironclad canon we spawned conspiracies of hate - now we are goose barnacles clinging to the rotting flotsam of old boats, we are weighted with the dust of fear and the mold of suspicion though we bluster and grandstand our way through time, the original purity of your intentions is still rooted in Eternity, your guileless simplicity is stronger than the dogs of war, it is the calm light at the center of our frenzied dark it is the grace of rain following drought, the rivers of compassion that flow as tears sometimes we hear your spirits whispering in the mindful pleasure of our morning tea in the rhythmic stirring of a pot of oatmeal or in a fresh dawning after a tide has ...

The Poet As Witness: “War Surrounds Us,” an interview with American-Israeli Poet, Michael Dickel

Judaism, peace, peace and justice, poem, Poetry
"That some of those labelled as enemies have crossed the lines to offer condolences at the mourning tents; that the mourning families spoke to each other as parents and cried on each others' shoulders; that we cried for the children who died on both sides of the divide; that the war began anyway; that hope must still remain with those who cross borders, ignore false lines and divisions; that children should be allowed to live; that we must cry for all children who die" - Michael Dickel, (Mosquitos) War Surrounds Us Jerusalem, Summer 2014: Michael Dickel and his family including Moshe (3 years) and Naomi (1 year) hear the air raid sirens, find safety in shelters, and don't find relief during vacation travels.  In a country smaller than New Jersey, there is no escaping the grumbl...