Prayer for Those who Decided to Stay Home

Because of the complexity of trauma and experience, it’s often not possible for folks to attend Jewish family or community events. I wrote this prayer for folks seeking to ritualize that moment in which they acknowledge they are choosing not to attend.

i love you

with all the tenderness

that can only be felt

far away

because up close forsakes another kind of love

and this love 


is not a holding

but the freeing of atoms that slip between soft fingers and tightly clasped obligations

i cannot betray any of us

because they and i and you

were made to unfold

despite nature’s perfect collision


to force 

or own

but to draw apart to draw near

and ever, the love that lets.

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