A Eulogy for Today

This day makes me sad.
Friends mourn children
who never came to be while
turn their children into monsters
such that we celebrate their death sentences.

How can I mourn
          for murderers
while Jewish potential died on train tracks
this week?

The world is filled with those who hate
          (and those who love, surely)
while the innocent are
under rubble
          so much human waste
and I know which side I’m on
but I fear
I fear
          that when I tell my teenage sister
“sometimes love just isn’t
I’m not merely speaking about her latest boyfriend drama
it’s the human drama I fear

Hate is in the lead today.
I don’t believe in vengeance and yet
I sometimes wonder what it would take to get the world
the clean slate we so desperately
If I could immerse us all in a mikvah…
dress us all in pure-priestly white and make us
the Yom Kippur fast…
Ah, but I can’t even fill my own pews.
We all fall. 
We all fail.
I know with morning there will be joy
          (the Psalmist tells me so)
          and hope
and new children
But today makes me sad.
I know You’re out there
but I feel You not.
Come back to us.  
           Help me make it through this day
through the darkness and back into the light
Help me have the strength to lead others 
           even when I know not where we’re going
Help me to find my way back 
           to hope and faith in humanity
(faith in You is so much easier than faith in 
Help me to remember that today, too, 
has been given a death sentence

          So that tomorrow might be better.

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