Sunday, June 17, 2012

May poems

It is 4:50 a.m., so of course I am packing, so of course I am reading.

May 23, 2012 (12:29 a.m.)

(Shavuot thinking)

Just the most important day of my life, and I overslept.
Dreamed too much. Imagined all kinds of wonders.
Didn't want to appear before God with bags under my eyes.
I overdrank of rest. Didn't stay empty enough,
needy enough

Next time I will sleep with the scroll under my pillow
and wake up knowing it.

May 21, 2012

Why do poems/have to be true?

Why does this poem
have to be true?
Why can't you believe
that I don't really love him,
the one with the hair
and the sad smile eye dances?
Why can't I speak of God
and have it just be speech,
talk of sex and
have it be someone else's?
Why do line breaks
reinforce your faith
in my sincerity?
Why won't you let me hide
behind these words

Friday, June 15, 2012

KHORIKOS in Battle of the Boroughs!

(We won Manhattan! Brooklyn won NYC.)

My singing group, KHORIKOS, is in Battle of the Boroughs....
WQXR has also posted a video of our performance on YouTube that you can watch here:

In other news, my mandolin arrives tomorrow. In other other news, I leave for Maine on Monday in order to work at the Seeds of Peace International Camp for the summer. More on that soon.

And now we'll return to our regularly scheduled programming.

in 3/4. (Probably.) From Shavuot.


Friday, June 8, 2012

Tracy Chapman Time

Many thoughts this week. For now, though, a Tracy Chapman cover. I recorded a different version months ago, but that was before I could fingerpick consistently at 70 bpm. Progress....

More songs here.

Monday, June 4, 2012

מחיה המתים

You have returned
and the universe breathes

בוא נא בשלום
ממעמקי חלומות

Rise now to meet me
and sit down beside me

הרופא לשבורי לב
ומחבש לעצבותם

In naming the holy
the lonely find solace