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Sunday, September 06, 2009

Poetry from On High...

...well, not really. But this is an amazing poem from "The Curious Jew".

I know what you're thinking. The Yeshiva Guy posting poetry? And I sort of agree with you-
its a little, OK a lot, sappy. But what should I do. Its an amazing poem. Cool, too.

It reminds me of Abie Rotenberg's "Little Kite" from Journeys II. Sadly, Blip/Youtube don't seem to have anything for this, so I can't give you a link for the song, other than this MostlyMusic.com link where you can hear short preview of the song, or download the album for $12. To hear the preview, scroll down and click on the Little Kite song play button.

And now a selection from the poem; to read the piece in it's entirety, click this to go "The Curious Jew"s blog post called "Goodbye".

“Goodbye,” she said to her balloon.
“I hope you travel to the moon.
I hope that you are happy lots
and visit God and lightbulb watts.
I hope you have a great adventure,
untouched by any public censure.
I hope for you, my dear balloon;
I hope you travel to the moon."

...

But balloons were made for flight
and she was made for star-filled nights
with fire-flies that buzzed about
and glittered beyond any doubt.

...

She turned once more to the golden sky
unto which her balloon did fly.
“God,” she said, “take care of him.
Please see he doesn’t sink, but swims.
Please shower him with eternal grace;
and the light of Your shining face.
Watch over him ‘cause I’m not there
and I don’t want him to be scared.”

She put a brave smile on her face
and crying, turned to leave the place
where she said goodbye to her balloon
so he could travel to the moon.

...And to find out the rest of the poem and what happened to the balloon on his journey, you'll need to go to the original poster's site.

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5 Comments:

Blogger Chana said...

Thanks so much for the link! You could also just click here to go directly to the 'Goodbye' poem.

September 7, 2009 at 12:32 AM  
Blogger Yeshiva Guy said...

Chana...thanks for the info- for some reason the post title isn't linked (clickable), which is why I didn't provide direct links originally. Links updated.

September 7, 2009 at 12:47 AM  
Blogger Chana said...

Hey, no problem. Thanks! Also, any chance you have an email address/ some way I could contact you? I like this blog a lot (just looked through all the entries). The one with the cigarettes in the car windshield made me laugh out loud and I enjoyed the fact that in Israel, the beggars wear Tefillin.

I never heard "Little Kite" (although I did listen to the preview)- any chance you could tell me what the similarities are/ why you liked the poem (obviously I appreciate it a lot!)

September 7, 2009 at 1:06 AM  
Blogger Yeshiva Guy said...

Chana-
I'm hesitant to provide a link publicly, so I'm just gonna send you an email to the address listed in your profile.

As for the Kite song similarities, I'll elaborate in the email.

September 7, 2009 at 1:16 AM  
Blogger Chana said...

Okay, great! Thanks very much.

September 7, 2009 at 1:18 AM  

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