The seder's order Poem by Marge Piercy

The seder's order

Rating: 4.5


The songs we join in
are beeswax candles
burning with no smoke
a clean fire licking at the evening

our voices small flames quivering.
The songs string us like beads
on the hour. The ritual is
its own melody that leads us

where we have gone before
and hope to go again, the comfort
of year after year. Order:
we must touch each base

of the haggadah as we pass,
blessing, handwashing,
dipping this and that. Voices
half harmonize on the brukhahs.

Dear faces like a multitude
of moons hang over the table
and the truest brief blessing:
affection and peace that we make.

COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Savita Tyagi 29 April 2019

The songs we join in are beeswax candles.... our voices small flames quivering. Beautiful poem written with a delicacy touches the reader with its soft glow. Congratulations.

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Kevin Patrick 29 April 2019

Some fantastic layers of imagery here, there is a sense of pagan mysticism that hangs over this work, beautiful and delicate. Good choice as a poem of the day.

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Kumarmani Mahakul 29 April 2019

Where we have gone before and hope to go again, there we have spread our vision amazingly. Songs with beauty motivate mind. This poem is definitely very interestingly penned. An excellent poem this is...10

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Julia Luber 29 April 2019

Makes sense for a poet to write about the Seder.

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Edward Kofi Louis 29 April 2019

Affection and peace! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us.

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Jasbir Chatterjee 29 April 2020

Very nice poem, filled with spirituality. Congratulations on being poet of the day.

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Kumarmani Mahakul 29 April 2020

Thanks and congratulations for being chosen this poem as the modern poem of the poem of the day for second time.

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Dominic Windram 29 April 2020

A deeply engaging, spiritually themed poem; that is rooted in the rich traditions and rituals of Judaism.

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Mahtab Bangalee 29 April 2020

The ritual is its own melody that leads us where we have gone before and hope to go again, the comfort of year after year............//// superb poem penned; lovely expression on the melody of hope and optimistic future

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Ratnakar Mandlik 29 April 2019

" The comfort of year after year. Order, we must touch each base" . Sublimation of poesy in a way. A delicate and touching theme of the melody is stunning. Well deserved modern poem of the Day.

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Marge Piercy

Marge Piercy

Detroit, Michigan
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