Five Minute Freewrite Before Yom Kippur

gauzeMy kids are eating lunch in the bath calling each other bad guy sharks.
Now one of them is crying.
The other is saying “sorry.”
I’m not sure she really means it, but they find their way through the moment.
The cat thinks the placemats on our kitchen table are all her personal beds.
I’m waiting for my husband to come home from a journey.
Praise and blame, praise and blame, how shallow your roots, how deadly your berries.
The cat looks over at me, like, “What are you gonna do about it, lady?”
A friend made us a pot of black bean soup.
Next Thursday I am having hernia surgery.
Tonight is Kol Nidre. Tomorrow, a day for wearing all white, like the angels.
I may or may not fast.
I am mindful of the holiday and what it means.
Last night, the moon was breathing through a halo of gauze.
The last minute of these five minutes
is spent doing nothing.
The final line is blank, like a name beyond pronouncing.

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3 thoughts on “Five Minute Freewrite Before Yom Kippur

  1. GailNHB says:

    I will lift you in prayer as you prepare for surgery. No fun. But all shall be well.

    Happy holidays to you, dear Jena.

    Know this: whether or not you wear white, you are one of the angels, sweet friend. One of the angels.



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