Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Poets United Midweek Motif ~ Holy Days and Holidays

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:  holy day :  a day set aside for special religious observance
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:  a day on which one is exempt from work; specifically :  a day marked by a general suspension of work in commemoration of an event
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chiefly British :  vacation —often used in the phrase on holiday —often used in plural
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:  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! 

Inspiration: 

                        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

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“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 [2013]


Please:  
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.

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30 comments:

  1. Greetings, Poets. What a great topic for the week, Susan! Happy Easter, Happy Passover to all who are celebrating this week.

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  2. Thank you Mary! I'm heading out the door for some magnificent physical therapy, and looking forward to the poetry I'll read when I get back here. So far it has brought smiles, much appreciated. But I'm ready to travel anywhere poets take me on this motif. Love!

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  3. Wonderful prompt... I hope everyone enjoys this weekend.

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    1. You too, Laurie. May you see its beauty as well as its absences.

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  4. Your prompts are hard work, dear Susan, but I adore them.

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    1. Thank you, Jo-hanna. I love how you immerse yourself and give us the gift of your poetry.

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  5. Many thanks for the prompt. I've throughly enjoyed writing on it.

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    1. Kuheli S? Your haiku are marvelous, freeing.

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  6. Good morning may you be well, happy, and peaceful.
    ZQ

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  7. thanks for the wonderful prompt Susan....i did a 3 in 1 and linked it up..

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    1. What a combination! Thank you Sumana. Happy holidays.

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  8. Happy Wednesday, poets! I am still (very much) under the weather, which is impacting my energy for writing. But this prompt took me back to my teens in small-town Kelowna, and Easter Sunday.

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    1. Love it! I fixed the link. Let these memories warm you and restore you.

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  9. I really enjoyed this prompt, though I fear I might have veered/ranted slightly off topic. *blushing* Will now go see what amazing pieces everyone else has offered up.

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    1. Off target? You are in the very center of it! Whether you celebrate holidays or holy days, have a great week.

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  10. Hello everybody ! Great prompt Susan, especially for me as I'm just back from a long holiday . Enjoyed a lot and feeling wonderful to write for this prompt .

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  11. Hi, all. And thanks, Susan, for the treat prompt and alerting me to this site!

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    1. And thank you for checking us out. We do a motif on Wednesdays, an open posting on Sundays, and in between we post interviews and favorite poems new and old. I hope you enjoy what you read here and find your way back!

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  12. Hello Susan! Thank you for the wonderful prompt and Happy Holidays, poets! I'm back from by blogging Spring break, and enjoyed writing for this lovely theme :)

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    1. Good to see you Loredana. You are back in full poetic power.

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    2. Thank you, Susan! Sometimes it helps to take a break and recharge ... keeps the creative juices flowing. Will be visiting throughout the day ... looking forward to catch up on reading :)

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  13. Happy holidays, all!
    Mine is up at: http://purplepeninportland.wordpress.com/2014/04/17/on-holiday/ ‎

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  14. there is a difference between a 'Holy Day' and a holiday, i think :-P

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    1. I agree, though I think we can choose to combine them.

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  15. Thank you all for mixing it up and creating quite a Blog full of holiday, Holy Day, deep thought and great fun. Bless you. I'm moving on, so post the rest in tomorrow's pantry. See you there!

    Poets Unite!

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