A Poem on a Day that I Saw Another Man Learn He Was Being Deported that is also Yom haShoah
By Rabbi Michael Rothbaum April 12, 2018
The word/in Hebrew for/Hebrew is Ivri Boundary/crosser//border/crosser
Border crossers/cross borders
Hebrew/Jews have been crossing borders ever/since there have been/Hebrews
From Abraham and/Sarah He and her/up from Ur to Haran to/Canaan to/Egypt Back/to Canaan.
And ever/since Ever since/Babylon Cross/ing borders Constantinople/Córdoba/Cairo/ Vilna/Minsk/Pinsk The Rhine/The Seine/Sana/Seville/ Ellis Island/Long Island/ Long Beach/Miami Beach
And as it is/the time as it has/been time to cross/borders
Before we/cross the/border from freedom/to Pharaoh fashionable/fascism
refuse/the fear refuse to/obey order out the/nightmares the knocks in/the night that wake the/babies sew your/soul into the lining of your/coat smuggle the children/out under a heavy/wool blanket of passion and/principle know your/limits and the/borders you won’t cross/for any/leader any/order any/any.
If you’re a Hebrew/Jew you already know/what this hour means. Your ancestors saw/it and they buried it in/your body for a time/such as now.
Cross the/border cross/the aisle break/the bonds of/party and/panic and/anxious depression/make a manic/run for it don’t turn/around or see who’s/behind you the hour/is late and the Master/of the House/is pressing.
You carry in your/hand an Executive/Order Written by the/Eternal and stamped by/your ancestors
The word/in Hebrew for/Hebrew is Ivri Cross the/border Show them the/order Carry/it out Before/it //expires//