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Rise: A Poem to Commemorate the Warsaw Uprising

Rise: A Poem to Commemorate the Warsaw Uprising

Grainy image of the Warsaw Ghetto in flames during the Warsaw Uprising

There is so much sky.
Funny, but I never knew.
It's beautiful,
and many hued;
perhaps this is what Jacob knew
when he ordered that coat,
the one that tore apart
his sons, made them think
of murder,
of slavery,
and lies.

Joseph said, "It's OK.
God put me here,
so that i might serve
and forgive
(tho let's not forget that cup),

Did God put me here
in this crush of
people and hunger
and never enough?

What do I serve?
Whom shall I forgive
in this fetid place that
once was home?
Is there a plan for me
to raise me up?
To raise us all?
To let us rise?

There is so much sky
in which God can hide.
but I think God is here,
in the crush
and the dirt -
and God is urging us
to rise.

Written for the United Jewish Community of the Virginia Peninsula

Stacey Zisook Robinson is a member of Beth Emet The Free Synagogue in Evanston, IL, and Congregation Hakafa in Glencoe, IL. She blogs at Stumbling Towards Meaning.

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