Short Stories and poetry | Jamie Glaser | A flickering flame

A Flickering Flame

A flickering flame
Nobody could imagine, so afraid
One day a festival would erupt
With music and stories
Joy radiating from bright candles
G-d commands us to kindle the Hanukkah lights

Nobody could imagine, so afraid
That there would be victory
With music and stories
A flickering flame lasted eight days
Hanukah lights, illuminated
At G-d’s command, they celebrated.

I’ll knock over the temple
Adversity mocks our fragile lives
Towers are built like wooden blocks
Music and stories
One day a festival will erupt
G-d commands us to worship

The notion that there will be victory is a slippery bar of soap
Precariously perched on a rack
Potatoes sizzle, music and stories circulate
G-d commands us to kindle
Hannukah lights as they radiate

One day you are dancing
The next you are drowning
G-d commands…..
Warm carpet, laughter, sinking sands
The lights burn on
Outside, there is no theology to stand upon
Our ancestors trembled too

With music and stories
History fills the pages
All throughout the ages
Surrounded by sages
G-d commands usSurrounded by sages

Surrounded by sages
Hanukkah lights penetrate
We win today, let’s celebrate.

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