Vayishlach: "And he sent"
In sleep I agonize
Behind shaded eyes
Lost in self-torture
Under insurmountable walls of what if's
Deep within tired arms lasso a tethered spirit
As beads of sweat collect in a pool
Who is this I wrestle?
Some creature born from my questioning soul
Whose shades of blackest night
My mind of barest hope
Come from out of the deafening night
And so I clench my teeth
Praying to escape this shadowy figure
Nor a man for its face is not yet familiar
My strength drains from my veins
Dare I know this beast or man?
Yet a familiar scent emanates
Breaking open his hidden soul
To reveal my own frightened face
As I wrestle with weak yet searching heart
All in seeking to find the G-d sleeping soundly within
Rabbi Tad Campbell
(Rabbi Tad Campbell 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 pastoral counselor and currently serves with Suncoast Hospice in Clearwater, Florida.)