Writing Prompts

July 2013: Rabbi Hillel said, “If I am not for myself, who will be for me? If I am not for others, what am I? And if not now, when?”

5 Responses to Writing Prompts

  1. Steve Pollack says:

    This quote has always been one of my favorites and inspired me to write a poem:

    “If I am not for myself, who will be for me?
    If I am only for myself, what am I?
    And, if not now, when?”
    Hillel (110BCE-10CE)

    Mirrors & Windows

    Look at yourself in a mirror!
    The reflection that looks back
    to greet you, is the same face
    you show the world. This is
    the one face that knows you best,
    understands what you seek.
    An indifferent world, may yet
    seek to understand you, to
    be with you, to hear what
    your face advocates.

    Now, look out the window!
    Gaze upon a world of faces–
    as if an eagle’s view
    allows you to witness all, and
    your heart’s attention
    allows you to urgently see
    each pair of lonely eyes.
    Seek to understand, what
    each face shows the world,
    to advocate for those faces.

    © April 2013
    By Steve Pollack

  2. Steve Pollack says:

    I have not considered any publishing- but thank you for your kind encouragement, Barbara.

  3. Barbara A. Edwards says:

    Shalom my Jewish Brothers and Sisters

    I have written another poem that I wish to Share with you for this Shabbat.

    Ane Adonai Rofecha
    (I am the Lord who Heals You)

    My Elon Vitale
    Cries out fro the Depths of my Very Being
    The Pain that I am Suffering
    Overwhelms Me.

    How Long Oh Lord?
    How Long?

    In the Night
    The Room Fills
    With a Softness

    A Reassurance
    I am not Alone
    Nor will I ever Be.

  4. Barbara A. Edwards says:

    fro = from I apologize for this error

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