Wednesday, May 12, 2021

The Aftermath

 

Men in shul

That frightful night

Learning daf

By candlelight

 

In darkness it’s

Their only beacon

Indeed the words

Bameh madlikin

 

With what does one

Light up a home

When darkness, gloom

And looters roam?

 

With chessed, love

Abounds galore

And people just give

More and more

 

The roofs are gone

The homes are flooded

The insides soaked

The rooms are gutted

 

But phone lines, emails

Are flooded too

And each one asks

“What can I do?”

 

Centers where

Hot meals are served

Encouragement

Calm the unnerved

 

Shelter for

The homeless kin

Families are

Taken in

 

Open stores

To give out clothes

Secret chessed

Hashem knows

 

Yes, my friends

There’s so much pain

Brought by floods

And wind and rain

 

And it’s so hard

Simply to cope

But we must grasp

Each ray of hope

 

It’s the only way

To fare

To lift our hearts

Amidst despair

 

Look back through tzarah

In each dor

Crusades and plagues

Famine and war

 

And somehow

More than

Just survived

We rebounded

Grew and thrived

 

We can’t lose sight

Of better days

Or question

Of His secret ways

 

Just seize the

Greatness

Of our folk

Who somehow bear

The heavy yoke

 

Amidst the gloom

Be not depressed

For Klal Yisroel’s

At its best

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