We beat our chests while we renounce our wild ways,
announcing each with the same solemnity and awe
though most would never tempt our dreams,
and others we’d as soon wave away
with only passing interest, an amulet in a museum,
but beyond our modest appetite to piss off
any we’d likely call the god of forgiveness.
Yet, if the repentant sinner
has not turned up to shulSynagogue (Yiddish) this day–
his tallitA four-cornered garment to which ritual fringes (tzitzit/tzitzi'ot) are affixed. The knots in the fringes represent the name of God and remind us of God's commandments. The tallit is worn during prayer and can also be drawn about oneself or around the bride and groom to symbolize divine protection. still at the dry cleaners,
or fresh gum on his shoe,
or his privates out for repair,
what is there to do, but pray in his place,
our duty, as well, like it or not, the Great One says?