Friday, December 11, 2009

Va-Yeishev

For this week's parashah about Joseph and his brothers, I am using the form of the villanelle. This is an American adaptation of a traditional French form repeating certain key lines at specific times. The most famous example would probably be that of Dylan Thomas' "Do not Go Gentle into that Good Night." I look forward to your comments, thoughts, and submissions to the blog. Shabbat Shalom!


Eleven Bowed Stars

Look at the dreamer come forth from afar,
He floats like a phantom burning to fly
to waning moons and eleven bowed stars.

Stripped of his colors, drowned in black tar,
this best loved of boys heard the silent sky.
Look at the dreamer come forth from afar.

Dangling from lost limbs, vengeful like shards
his vinegar skin creaks an arid cry
to waning moons and eleven bowed stars.

Blossoms explode on three branches per scar
and cluster 'round towers of iv'ry lies.
Look at the dreamer come forth from afar.

Red grapes between fingers, skin ripped to shards
and wine spurts out scarlet for desert sighs
to waning moons and eleven bowed stars.

Who will interpret this melting of scars,
this welling of signals, these immortal ties?
Look at the dreamer come forth from afar
to waning moons and eleven bowed stars.

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