Wednesday, April 08, 2009

The Passover Journey

Passover is my favorite holiday, because it's about spring, and family, and because there's so much poetry in it, including the Song of Songs. Here's one of my favorites, which I'll be reading later today:

The Journey
by Mary Oliver

One day you finally knew
what you had to do, and began,
though the voices around you
kept shouting
their bad advice--
though the whole house
began to tremble
and you felt the old tug
at your ankles.
"Mend my life!"
each voice cried.
But you didn't stop.
You knew what you had to do,
though the wind pried
with its stiff fingers
at the very foundations,
though their melancholy
was terrible.
It was already late
enough, and a wild night,
and the road full of fallen
branches and stones.
But little by little,
as you left their voices behind,
the stars began to burn
through the sheets of clouds,
and there was a new voice
which you slowly
recognized as your own,
that kept you company
as you strode deeper and deeper
into the world,
determined to do
the only thing you could do--
determined to save
the only life you could save.
It was my very first post on this blog.


  1. What are your favorite dishes? This is a low-energy sedar for us this year, but I will make a refreshing light carrot and ginger soup.

  2. I love this recipe for spinach matzo balls in saffron broth. You can make them without the shredded chicken and they're still great (though chicken fat works better than oil).