Sunday, May 20, 2018

Rachel's Bat Mitzvah

Rachel’s Bat Mitzvah

thousands of years of tradition and wisdom
meet one individual life coalescing toward adulthood:

the profound weight of ritual, of the Word, of the chant,
slip onto her as if made just for her,

the incredible lightness of her wholesome spirit
imbues her as she accepts and embraces who she is,
in the combining of the gifts of the past, the present, the future,
with her sense of self,
who she is stands there and owns the audience,
stands there and asserts the profundity of her take on it all,
we are undone with the purity of the power she knows and speaks,

the mantle she is assuming is venerable and well-worn,
and still new with how her heart and head
make sense of it all,

Rachel has always been who she is,
now is the time for her, and us,
to celebrate the power that dawns with her today.

with love and appreciation,
by granddaddy Henry H. Walker

May 19, ‘18

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