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“Land of Milk and Honey”

Malcolm Streitfeld

Anchor Staff Writer


Canaanite

Hittite

Amorite

Photo by Abdulrhman Alkady: https://www.pexels.com/photo/milk-and-honey-on-wooden-tray-3772492/

Perizzite 

Hivite

Jebusite

land 

milk 

honey



Scatter the words

Scramble the pages

of Torah blend together

in my head

Verses bleed into inky blobs


Parade parade!

Rejoice! Rejoice!

Colorful costumes 

Line the streets smiling

Giggling, laughing, playing


Breathing quickens

Maelstrom of merriment

White horses patrol diligently

Eyes sore from sleepless nights

Moving pupils back and forth

Diagonally, side to side


Want to laugh and cry

Don't know when to laugh

And when to cry

Forbidden from joining in

By a discordant neural network


Parade parade!

Escape! Escape!

Whirling carriage

Loudspeaker makes a

loud speaker

Festival music

Hebrew tunes

Sends my mind a skittering


Skittering

Skittering

Back to bedroom

Tears in eyes

Glad I went and saw

So why does it

hurt so much?

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