Passover haiku

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Registered: 01-28-2000
Passover haiku
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Mon, 03-25-2013 - 3:53pm

Passover  haiku  5773 - 2013

 

The walls of water

on each side of our tight path

are frozen snow banks

There's a rumour that the temperature will get above  freezing ( to 1Celsius), but no one believes it.

Roberta

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Registered: 07-13-2008
Fri, 04-05-2013 - 5:55pm

Hi Roberta,

Let me wish you a happy new year and a happy passover and while I'm at it I'd better wish you a happy Canada Day because I might not get in again until then. (snide face)

I'm so happy to read your poem! It's hard to manage imagery in so few words. Is there something significant about walking through water?

Jackie

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Registered: 01-28-2000
Mon, 04-08-2013 - 12:22pm

Hi Jackie,

Yes, it's particularly appropriate to be walking on a narrow path between walls of water (even if the water is frozen) at Passover. This Jewish holiday commemorates the Exodus from Egypt, when the Jews who had been slaves in Egypt for 400 years were freed. After the Egyptians had been inflicted with 10 plagues, the Pharoh finally agreed to let the Jews go, but then changed his mind and sent his army after Moses and Jews, arriving just as they were at the Sea of Reeds. Then the waters receded, and then parted and rose up into walls of water until the Jews had passed through the sea and had reached the other side.

Wow! I only had to sign in once to post this (after I had already posted my last response), so perhaps ivillage is getting a little easier to use, finally.

Roberta

Passover

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Registered: 04-23-2013
Wed, 04-24-2013 - 12:55pm

Hi Roberta and Jackie. I'm new at this. thank you Roberta for the haiku. i love haiku and think the point is to gain the emotion even w/o the back story. I don't know the fine det'ls of Passover, but it is one of my favs! i love the idea and it's significance. i wish we could remind the world that this "passage" brought about peace [in the Middle East]. i don't know why there is still such unrest today. i doubt that i will ever "get it". i have just read, Persepolis and Tehran, Lipstick and Loopholes. they were both great. the insight is amazing and i can't wait for all the fighting to stop so i, too can experience the Caspian Sea and the mountain ranges in northern Africa and Turkey. i wish to learn more of the language, religion, and culture that has been so carelessly kept from us (Americans). poetry and literature in gen'l are great ways to bridge the gaps. thanks again for the haiku. -kw