: holy day : a day set aside for special religious observance
: a day on which one is exempt from work; specifically : a day marked by a general suspension of work in commemoration of an event
chiefly British : vacation —often used in the phrase on holiday —often used in plural
: a period of exemption or relief <corporations enjoying a taxholiday>
Midweek Motif ~
Holy Days and Holidays
What makes a day Holy? Which holy day(s) do you celebrate? How?
Pick one of the four definitions of Holiday above to address in a new poem.
Wikipedia lists more than 50 holidays and events in April!
TO MY HAGGADAH
Over the years your staples have slipped
and pages loosened. Here a faded purple crescent
of ancient wine, there a smudge
from bricks of date paste.
But when you speak I swoon. Tell me again
how we were slaves to a Pharaoh in Egypt
but the Holy One brought us out from there
with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm.
Sing to me of unleavened bread, of parsley
dipped in bitter tears. Remind me
if I wait until I feel fully ready
I might never leap at all. Waltz me giddy
through psalms of praise. Promise me
next year a world redeemed.
by Rachel Barenblatt of Velveteen Rabbi, used with permission
“To me, everyday is an observance of a 'holy day' for
'this is the day the Lord has made' and as such
I do not observe high nor 'low' Holy days."
― R. Alan Woods 
― R. Alan Woods 
1. Post your holy/holiday poem on your site, and then link it here.
2. Share only original and new work written for this challenge.
3. Leave a comment here.
4. Honor our community by visiting and commenting on others' poems.
(Next week's Motif ~ Science)