Return Again: A Poem for Yom Kippur

September 21, 2015Stacey Zisook Robinson, z"l

I have returned again
to this place of
this place of everythingness;
and I feel empty.
I fling my sins,
all bright copper
and colored feathers,
out into the heavens -
Which is separate from the earth,
Which is separate from the waters,
and they fly
like birds,
and dance
and dazzle.
They are beautiful,
these sins of mine,
as they catch the light.
I am caught in their beauty,
racing after them.
They drift and fall
like so many crooked arrows,
and I collect them,
to turn them
back to me
before I move on
to the next

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