Some random thoughts as we leave Palm Sunday and head towards Passover and Holy Week. All this, plus tax day and a lunar eclipse!
--Passover starts tonight. I think of the Seder meals of my past, of the ways that Christians have tried to understand the Jewishness of Jesus and the shared roots of Christianity and Judaism.
--For wonderful insight into the Exodus story, see this episode of the NPR show On Being. For a great resource that's very ecumenical yet rooted in Judaism, I highly recommend Marge Piercy's Pesach for the Rest of Us. Lots of insight into the traditions and lots of recipes: I think I'll bring it with me to work today.
--There's a lunar eclipse in the overnight hours. I'll likely be up anyway between 3 and 5 a.m. in the Eastern time zone, so I'll keep an eye on it. I'm always amazed at how much time a lunar eclipse takes.
--And it's tax day tomorrow. I got my taxes submitted last week-end, so it's not a big day for me. But the poet part of me wants to create a poem that weaves all of these things together.
--I've been thinking of a variety of poem possibilities. I've got 2 Jesus in the modern world poems in my head: Jesus goes to yoga class and Jesus shows up for the church happy hour. Yesterday, I wrote down this line: "I live in a universe of stray socks."
--I wrote this line down on the small refrigerator white boards where my spouse and I write notes to each other and to-do lists. He gave me a quizzical look when he saw the line--but then again, he is used to lines that have potential showing up scribbled on all sorts of surfaces.
--I think of Palm Sunday again. Will this be the kind of week where we meet acclaim from those who will crucify us just a few days later?
--I think of Passover. Will this be the kind of week where we are set free from oppressions of all sorts?
--I think of tax day. Have we paid what is due?
--I think of total eclipses. What remains behind when something shiny is obscured?
--Yes, lots of poem possibilities!
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