Since 1999 I have served as Rabbi of Congregation B’nai Olam. B’nai Olam is a unique and special congregation in Fire Island Pines, a beautiful summer community on Fire Island, a barrier island off the Coast of Long Island, which meets only for Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur. In 2007 I began writing a new poem every year for Rosh HaShanah – feel free to also read 2008 or 2009. Here is the fourth, from 2010. Shanah tovah u’metukah.
Rosh HaShana in the Pines 4
Fire Island 2010/5771
sultry yellow, bright and sparkling.
Seasprayed and sunsoaked,
sated with pleasure,
we move with reluctance
as change quietly beckons.
The water has its own cadence
a rhythm under the surface
pulling in and releasing with an outstretched hand.
The quickening of the moon calls us to return
and we gather, seam-dwellers on the edge of the earth.
As the sun lowers itself into the sea
A sliver cracks the heart of the firmament,
the vast blackness an invitation
to write ourselves anew.
@ 2010 by Hara E. Person