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Looking into She'ol from Ten Thousand Feet

Looking into She'ol from Ten Thousand Feet 
(c) Rabbi Menachem Creditor

Looking into She'ol
from ten thousand feet

Terrible images
seared into eternity
pits of darkness
papers, ashes, children strewn
everywhere writhing
everywhere burnt.

can we
dare we
look away?

Despite eyelids shut with willful self-interest
we are witness to it all.

Images of writhing Syrian children
unbombed train tracks at Auschwitz
and a city of ruins
haunt me tonight.

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Kneel,  stand,  sit,  rise up.

To kneel is
to submit  to lower oneself  to step down  to pause.
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To kneel is not to stand not to stand not to stand idly by.
Speak your truth,
God damn it.

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