I wrote both of these yesterday, as a result of yesterday’s prompt at ReadWritePoem – to write an acrostic based on a word that is ‘part of you.’
Beshalach is a transliteration of a Hebrew word. It is the name of the Torah portion I had to read and deliver a sermon on for my Bar Mitzvah – in 1982.
Bondage at our backs, the Sea of Reeds
Enveloped the Egyptians, as we
Sought safety, and opportunity. G-d
Hearing our cries of hunger, made
Available quail and manna, provided we
Left none behind; Some didn’t listen.
Amalek attacked us from behind, where our
Children and women were vulnerable.
Hashem was merciless in response.
G-d instructs Moses
to record the events.
as I will blot out
the memory of Amalek.”
Even today, we seem
To make the most noise
Over what we’d like forgotten.