My Siddur

an open prayer book
Holding you tenderly
I open you with care.
The prayers and Hebrew
of my youth
both ancient and familiar
yet fresh, new, unfolding with light.
Each letter, each word, each phrase
holding magic and mystery.
Letters dancing, swirling,
flying off the page.
I delight in you
for you connect me
to what was, is, and will be.
You are the tendons that bind the muscles
to the bones of our people.
The precious bones of our ancestors,
that sing to us and comfort us at night.
We cling to you and guard you safely.
Your dancing words
ground me
And let me soar higher and higher.
My precious Siddur
I guard you with love.
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