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Early Morning in Elul

Early Morning in Elul

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The old woman sits at the Western Wall.
Although she’s toothless and her eyes are dim,
She sits and waits for the shofar’s call.

Around her shoulders a white shawl,
Her face sags, her expression grim,
The old woman sits at the Western Wall.

Across her hands gold bracelets fall,
On her gray blouse’s collar, white trim,
She sits and waits for the shofar’s call.

Her hands are as crinkled as the stones of the Wall,
They hold a thick volume of Tehillim
The old woman sits at the Western Wall.

She pulls around her the crocheted shawl
And mutters a psalm or a hymn
While she sits and waits for the shofar’s call.

She gazes up at morning’s pinkish-gold hues of the Wall.
Her swollen fingers fondle the holy book’s rim;
She sits and waits for the shofar’s call -
The old woman at the Western Wall.

Ruth Fogelman is the author of Within the Walls of Jerusalem - A Personal Perspective. Her writing and photography have appeared in numerous anthologies and other publications in Israel, the USA and India. Ruth is a facilitator of the Pri Hadash Women’s Writing Workshop in Jerusalem and is currently studying for a Masters Degree in the Creative Writing Program at Bar Ilan University.
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Shir Esther New York, USA August 23, 2010

That was so well-done and touching! Great imagery--I wish I could join you in the scene, in Jerusalem especially!! Reply

Anonymous Madison, WI September 10, 2009

Lovely lyric -- unforgettable picture. Reply