Our fast is thankfully broken
Yet, the piercing but welcome blast still echoes in our ears.
We seek to understand its simple yet beckoning song
Riding upon the vessel of sweet dreams
Or are we riding on a fool's ship?
Ever closer toward
Have I been like Jonah and just tried to run away?
Or, discovered within the courage to calm the storm.
Have I asked G-d to find my worth?
Or, swallow me up in fear and shame.
Whichever, I am a sailor who causes G-d to smile.
To sing beside me at sunrise
I calmly stand on the deck of my soul's vessel, charted upon calming currents of peace.
The destination is home.
Guided by the compass of our conscious,
Today we calmly stand upon the deck of this fool's ship.
Perhaps not arriving where we had once sought.
Rather instead upon quiet shores,
Arriving to where we already are.
Rabbi Tad Berga
(Rabbi Tad Berga is a published writer and poet who holds an MA from the University of Oxford, England, the MTS from Duke, and his rabbinical ordination from the Rabbinical Seminary. He is a board certified chaplain and bereavement counselor who currently serves Seasons Hospice in Pinellas, Florida. )