Ps. 90: A Person in Prayer
Carol Rose is a writer, educator and spiritual counselor. Her published works include Path of The Mothers (poetry and prose, Albion-Andalus Books), From the Dream (poetry, Albion-Andalus Books), and Behind the Blue Gate (poetry, Beach Holme Publishing). In 2017, she and her husband, Rabbi Neal Rose, received the Lieutenant Governor’s Award of the province of Manitoba for the advancement of interreligious understanding.
Moses – a person in prayer
i settle myself, sense your mountainous presence
the earth & the stars a comforting backdrop
Your gaze a mirror reflecting
our triumphs, our failures, i dream
of blossoming without death, waken
to feelings of dread and despair
i turn away
life suddenly seems so frail, so brief, seventy
maybe eighty years, not nearly enough
to craft Your vision for us, not nearly enough
to enable our children, or theirs’, not nearly enough
to create, rejoice, to foster change. i scan the horizon
search for wisdom, teach us the value of our days
teach us to value our days, let Your hands bless
our own, let our works birth healing, bring peace
Rabbi Audrey Marcus Berkman has served as Rabbi of Temple Ohabei Shalom in Brookline, MA since 2017. Ordained by the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in 2007, where she was the recipient of a Wexner Graduate Fellowship, she has served in a variety of rabbinic roles as a teacher, chaplain, cantorial soloist, and lifecycle officiant. Passionate about music, poetry, Israel, the Hebrew language, humor, and dogs, Rabbi Berkman lives in Newton, MA with her husband, three sons, and rescue dog.
It’s too fast.
Rivers and land and people and oceans
everything creating and colliding,
sleeping and waking,
long before we arrive
long after we depart.
And from the time our breath takes root in us
we believe we will dwell among all this doing forever.
Breath, brain, and body seem so loyal and so ongoing
until they do not.
And then the longing.
When we become,
world emerges for us, streams into our eyes
in a moment, for a moment,
but from the vantage point of forever
we emerge for You, from You.
We are a constant forgetting,
we are a turning towards, sometimes—finding refuge in remembering how quick and eternal it all is (the remembering, itself, a sanctuary, an embrace).
We are a turning away, sometimes—closing ourselves in fear or in anger,
when the glimpse in the mirror shows us
hopes and sadness that have stretched or hardened our hearts
for so long, we think,
and not nearly enough
for all this wanting.
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