MemberAugust 20, 2020 at 12:01 am
A journey, a ride
A neshama must embark
Singled out on a mission
Each to make its mark
Clothed in a body
Outfitted so precise
To divinely perfect
And earn its paradise
Cast into its surroundings
Where it will form and mold
Its blueprint predesigned
Ready to unfold
It doesn’t choose its voyage
It doesn’t choose its stay
It doesn’t choose its destiny
Or anything along the way
Some have it smooth
While others have it rough
Some seem to have it all
While others have it tough
Some can immerse in luxuries
Enjoying life’s pleasures
While some are carrying heavy burdens
Filled with stress and pressure
It seems so unfair
To our naked eye
We have many a questions
How can it be? Just why?
Don’t you ever dare to dream
The reasoning behind
Don’t you ever wish
You weren’t so blind
If the world were transparent
And things would be clear
It would make our sailing swifter
And minimize despair
It’s all for our benefit
That’s what they say
But it’s so difficult to accept
When life seems so grey
It’s like walking in a fog
So thick and dense
How do you get out
The panic is immense
It’s like being tossed into an ocean
Where the waves pull you down
You struggle to swim
Afraid that you may drown
Absolutely don’t give up
Keep your eyes on the beach
Do the strokes mechanically
The shore you must now reach
You finally get to the shore
And try to make sense of it all
Suddenly you’re hit by a wave
So overwhelmingly tall
You’re thrown back in again
Plundering the tide
Keeping your head above water
Will this storm ever subside?
How can you say it in words
How can you explain
The turmoil, the anguish
The helplessness and pain
The worry and fear
At worst the unknown
The anxiety and panic
So frightening and alone
Bombarded with nisyonos
An avalanche so it seems
Each following in succession
With almost no time in between
Challenges oh challenges!
They’re meant to help us receive
Rewards in olam haemes
An opportunity to achieve
But how is it possible
One must be made out of iron
To endure its fate
We’re only flesh and bones
So vulnerable and frail
How can we hold on tight
And be sure not to fail
How can we stand proud
And rise above
Accept our nisyonos
With passion and love
One must have this engrained
In it’s very core
Not to get sidetracked
Why we are tested for
To correct the wrong?
A previous incarnation?
A test of love?
To receive reward and admiration?
Our creator Hashem
Has a master plan in place
He tests his most beloved
For loyalty and faith
This world is only a hallway
To the world that will be forever
What we accomplish now
We will most definitely treasure
When the going seems grim
And your heart feels tight
Think of the truth
It will lighten your plight
Hashem lovingly accompanies
Those he singles out
The beloved ones he trusts
The ones he has no doubt
He wants to prove to the angels
How his precious children behave
How they accept with love, and turn to him
It’s those heartfelt tefillos he craves
Did u see my princes and princesses?
Did you see how they keep singing my praise?
They turn to me, like a son to a father
My name and honor they raise
The malachim are in awe
They stop to criticize
Says Hashem, did you see?
My children deserve a prize!
It’s time for them to be redeemed
It’s time to heal their sorrow
The world has reached perfection
Moshiach will come tomorrow!
MemberAugust 20, 2020 at 4:01 am
They say that Robert Frost considered the purpose of poetry to be to get the reader to say, “Yes! I know what you mean!”
Thank you for not only putting my feelings into words, but for also adding an encouraging message for those times when circumstances alone are the farthest thing from encouraging.
MemberAugust 20, 2020 at 4:40 am
Thank you Brocha for your beautiful response! It’s so nice to hear encouraging comments, especially from an amazing fellow poet as yourself! I was actually a bit hesitant to share this poem, but then I thought that it may be a source of inspiration for anyone going through challenges. I’m moved by your comment that it put your feelings into words.
MemberAugust 20, 2020 at 4:03 am
Wow, what a beautiful, clear, perspective!
MemberAugust 20, 2020 at 4:43 am
Thank you Elisheva for your kind words! I appreciate that you took the time out to read my poem and respond 🙂
MemberAugust 20, 2020 at 11:38 am
This was such a wonderful way to start my rosh chodesh Elul!
MemberAugust 20, 2020 at 10:59 pm
Thank you Faigy! You made me smile!
MemberAugust 20, 2020 at 12:56 pm
Chaya, once again you have mastered a beautiful poem which left me feeling inspired, awed and invigorated! Thank you for sharing!
MemberAugust 20, 2020 at 11:01 pm
Thank you Suri! You are so encouraging! You are pushing me to share some more! IYH!
MemberAugust 20, 2020 at 1:08 pm
Wow! Like you titled it-chizuk for challenges-this poem carried such chizuk. I felt it coming out of the words. It is so clear and beautiful! Thank you for sharing.
MemberAugust 20, 2020 at 11:03 pm
Thank you Meira! This is such a beautiful supportive community!
MemberAugust 20, 2020 at 5:51 pm
Wow! I can feel the raw pain and the struggle and I love the part about the angels – never heard that before!!! 🙂
MemberAugust 21, 2020 at 2:45 am
Thank you so much happywriter! It’s nice to hear back that you were able to feel the rawness of the pain through the words of my poem. I wonder if perhaps everyone can relate to an avalanche of challenges at one point in life or another? Hmmm… is there anyone on this forum that has not experienced that?
MemberAugust 21, 2020 at 3:18 am
Is there anyone who hasn’t? – especially this year…
MemberAugust 20, 2020 at 9:03 pm
Wow, wow!!! I read your poem, Chaya, while nodding along and feeling along, but I’m just left little words – except for absolutely amazing and I especially love the title “The Neshama’s Journey – Chizuk for Challenges.” Wow!!!! Beautiful piece!!
MemberAugust 21, 2020 at 9:48 pm
Passionforwriting! Thank you so much for reading and feeling along with the words! I feel like I got so much chizuk from all this beautiful feedback here! I so appreciate your kind words! Hey! Don’t we all?
MemberAugust 20, 2020 at 9:37 pm
Stunning! Amazing! Wow!
A masterpiece on masterpiece! 🙂
Thank you so much for sharing!
A good Chodesh to everyone!
MemberAugust 21, 2020 at 9:41 pm
Bookworm! You have a way with words to make a person feel so good! You definitely made my day!
MemberAugust 21, 2020 at 10:16 pm
My pleasure, Chaya!!
I also agree at how beautiful it is to read these warm responses! ?
It’s reminding me of Chazkeinu’s motto of “Strengthening ourselves by strengthening each other!”
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