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How Much? A Poem for Houston

How Much? A Poem for Houston

Streetlight peeking out over floodwaters on a flooded street

How much water is inside a tear,
And how long does it take to dry them?
As long as there is misery and fear
In the people who continue to cry them.

How much water is inside a flood
And how long does it take to recede?
As long as it takes to restore hope
To the people in desperate need.

How much water is inside a storm
And how long does it take to clear?
As long as it takes to rebuild a home
And restore everything that is dear.

How much water is inside a city
When a levee suddenly breaks?
As many as are the tears that are cried
When so many million hearts break.

Rabbi Zoë Klein is the senior rabbi of Temple Isaiah in Los Angeles, CA, where she has served since 2000. She graduated from Brandeis University with a B.A. in psychology and received ordination from Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion in 1998.

Rabbi Zoë Klein
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