MemberJuly 12, 2020 at 2:27 am
We Only Have Each Other
If you eat meat, and I drink milk,
We may not dine together. Right?
I’d best stay separate from your ilk
(Can’t compromise my Yiddishkeit).
But waters flow beneath the bridge,
And sands slip through the hourglass.
We’re on the precipice, the ridge,
Degenerating as times pass.
And every meal is Pareve since
There’s neither milk to buy, nor meat.
We’ve no excuse now, Fellow Prince.
Please sit beside me as we eat.
MemberJuly 12, 2020 at 5:41 am
Brocha, you’re poems are always beautiful! They have such a nice ring to them… (yes, I read them out loud;)
And the messages… next level! Love the way you get them across through metaphors…
Keep sharing ’em and I’ll keep reading ’em!
MemberJuly 12, 2020 at 5:35 pm
Thanks, Chagit! I sometimes drive my family crazy by talking in metaphors (insert blush here).
MemberJuly 12, 2020 at 7:40 pm
This is so beautiful and so true!
I love metaphors! A metaphor reads like a story then causes the reader to think…
It’s a gentle way of giving over powerful messages that would sound preachy in a speech or article.
Didn’t Shlomo Hamelech write mishlei for this reason?
AdministratorJuly 12, 2020 at 9:36 pm
This is amazing and so refreshing, Brocha! I don’t know why but I am reading into this a marriage theme, maybe an acceptance-compromise twist? Maybe because I’ve got marriage on my mind (thinking new serial plots!!!!! :-))…
MemberJuly 12, 2020 at 9:42 pm
I must admit I didn’t have marriage in mind, but – sure! Why not?
MemberJuly 13, 2020 at 1:23 pm
Brocha – you have unreal talent…I absolutely love your poem! Thanks for sharing this message in such an incredible way.
MemberJuly 13, 2020 at 5:12 pm
Brocha, this Poem Expresses so much truth and Depth in such a light way! The perfect blend for the best reading and understanding experience!!!
And About metaphors – same here People sometimes get so annoyed when I talk with yet another metaphor in my sentence…
Personally, I think metaphors enhance everything! Imageine learning without examples…
MemberJuly 13, 2020 at 7:49 pm
Why is every meal pareve now?
MemberJuly 13, 2020 at 8:51 pm
MemberJuly 26, 2020 at 6:31 am
Wow Brocha! You’ve wowed me once again with your talent!
MemberJuly 26, 2020 at 3:45 pm
Aww, thanks, Chaya 🙂
MemberJuly 26, 2020 at 5:01 pm
FICTION FANGIRL!!! You rock. Thanks!
MemberJuly 26, 2020 at 5:11 pm
I’m sure it’s a brilliant poem, but I’m still not getting what the meat/milk & parve stand for…
MemberJuly 26, 2020 at 6:17 pm
[quote quote=20411]I’m sure it’s a brilliant poem, but I’m still not getting what the meat/milk & parve stand for…[/quote]
I should let the author comment. But here goes.
There are differences. Legitimate and good. Shivim panim, 12 paths in the Yam Suf. Hillel and Shamai. The problem comes, as my late principal, zt”l said, with the cholent eaters and the gefilte fish gobblers. Or, as Dr. Suess would have it, the Sneetches. When we start to shun others, we will sadly be reminded that there when all is said and done, the differences fall away and we are more alike that we imagined. And with the vicissitudes of galus, we’ve lost that distinctive glory, and have to make the most of us, and see the beauty, in the pareve.
MemberJuly 26, 2020 at 6:21 pm
You said it, Fayge!
MemberJuly 26, 2020 at 6:29 pm
But actually that part I got, my question is in the Mashal – how did we end up in our generation without meat and milk? Where did they go?
MemberJuly 26, 2020 at 6:40 pm
[quote quote=20421]You said it, Fayge![/quote]
Thanks. I should have referenced your earlier post re yeridas hadoros.
I’ll let you answer Esther’s question between our posts ;-D
MemberJuly 26, 2020 at 11:56 pm
Well… the way I see it, is that in this generation, how much of anything is in it’s purest form, its most authentic form? We are on such low levels… that even the different derachim are simply soy versions of the meat or milk they may have once represented. All we have is… each other.
Does that make it any clearer, Esther?
MemberJuly 27, 2020 at 6:48 am
Yeah, the soy metaphor helped…thanks so much Brocha & Fayge for your explanations. I reread it and finally got it and I really like it.
I wanted to understand it fully because I knew it would be worth it…
MemberAugust 2, 2020 at 6:22 am
Love the message! Please keep the poems coming!
MemberAugust 2, 2020 at 5:42 pm
Fiction Fangirl! I LOVE it!!! It’s short, concise, yet tugs at your heartstrings – at least mine! 🙂 And very original! 🙂 Keep up your great writing!!
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