I actually forgot to celebrate it in May of 2009. Which, all things considered, is pretty sad. I’m not going to go into too many details on all the things I’m considering, but if you follow the links, and connect the dots, you should figure out the depths of this sadness.
Well. I won’t forget this year! I will celebrate! And I encourage others to do so. Let’s spread the message. May is International Victor Hugo Month!
I had forgotten that I had started out this month counting the “posted poems” – not the “written poems.” On April 4th and April 6th, I wrote poems, but didn’t post them, and didn’t increase the poem total. Later in the month I refrained from posting poems I’d written, but posted old poems in their place, and increased the poem total.
But if I am counting correctly, I have already written 30 poems this month.
I still plan to write a poem tomorrow and Friday.
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.
*** Exodus 17:14
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.