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A Rondeau for Rosh Hashanah

A Rondeau for Rosh Hashanah


"Break, shatter, blast." Too many days
This year have known the sullen blaze
And blast disfigure our design.
Our hard hearts, G‑d? They're shivered fine --
What's left, then, for these sounds to craze?

But still by old-convergent ways
We come to speak the word that says
We're what no force can undermine,
Break, shatter, blast.

Then may, this year, the shofar's phrase
Speak to us with gentlest praise
Of steadfast love that shall combine
Us still, while truth may disentwine
Our foes, and all their plotting's maze
Break, shatter, blast!

Esther Cameron is a poet and editor who lived in Israel from 1979-1990 and now lives in Madison, Wisconsin. She edits a website, and a literary magazine, The Deronda Review.
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Rifka Kaplan-Peck hadley September 5, 2010

book Hi Do you have a book of your poetry?! Reply