Friday, December 25, 2009


This week I am experimenting with the Japanese form of Tanka, a 31-syllable form that is one of Japan's most popular. Traditionally, it is used to evoke heartbreak and completion or ending. I thought that it was the most appropriate form with which to tackle this week's parshah and the heartbreaking and almost off-putting reunion of Jacob and Joseph. Shabbat Shalom!

Chariot harnessed,
at my feet, my dead child weeps,
sullies the dry sand.
He is a whimpering neck,
A parched cow tasting rain.

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