Sunday, April 6, 2014

Words and Silence

I shared this poem before, but it seemed fitting given the recent parshiot of Tazria and Metzora.  
(repost from 6.6.11)

Words and Silence

Baruch She’amer V’Haya Ha’Olam
Blessed is the One who Speaks and the World Becomes

We recognize the power of words
Their ability to build up
                        And to tear down
Their ability to create
                        And to destroy
Their ability to give birth
                        And to kill

We recognize the nuances of silence
What is said without words
What is un-said

Because we did not give
            the Words
a chance to be expressed

Because we were too busy
for someone else’s words to be heard

We recognize
            the Power of Silence
            the Strength of Silence
            the Din of Silence

Baruch s’maksheevh v’mamsheech liv’roh et ha’olam
Blessed is the one who listens and
            Continues in the creation of the world

5 march 2011