The Coming of Elul

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Not quite Elul
and the Book of Life
begins to yawn open
inviting reflection
and amends
fullness verging
on fall
apples ripening
by the bushel
holding on
and letting go
apologies turning
to forgiveness
and forgiveness
to the tender compassion

that comes
when you allow
for the ache
of sitting still
with your own
worthiness
when you stop
sidestepping
the truth of your being
nothing to prove
or defend
when you see
that your value
exceeds valuation

T’shuvah
Not so much
repentance
as turning
and returning
to the right path
that never abandons
our constant
treading

One step back
to make amends
and another forward
into those words
indelibly written
in advance
on the soles
of our feet
calling us
to live the life
we are here
to live
the one we’ve been given
the one we accept
the one we create
with our actions
and intentions
the one that embraces us
when we stop running
away

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