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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 Miles is the senior rabbi of Temple Isaiah in Los Angeles, CA, and the author of multiple novels, including Drawing in the Dust, The Scroll of Anatiya, and The Goblins of Knottingham: A History of Challah, and she has written chapters in a number of collections, including The Women’s Torah Commentary, Teen Texts, and Holy Ground: A Gathering of Voices on Caring for Creation

Rabbi Zoë Klein Miles

Published: 8/31/2017

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