Lenten reflections on scripture — for Purim

(Esther 4:14)f0399_hamantaschen

I have come to such a time as this
to learn from my neighbor’s Purim —
to keep old deliverances fresh,
with costume, feast
and food for the poor,

a megillah time – to read all
of the words
of someone else’s story,
a gragger time
to stomp and make noise
that eclipses the power-names of villains.

I have come to such a time as this
to learn from my sister Esther —
to speak when I’m afraid,
trick haters into betraying themselves,
mount an attack with Maybelline,
and dinner invitations,
quick thinking, pinch of flattery,
the dangerous truth …

to do G-d’s work, especially
when and where G-d is not mentioned.

And I have come to new times
such as these –
with hamantaschen and challah,
to claim the joy,
but without the tall scaffolding
of old revenges.

 

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