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  • Writer's pictureLeann Shamash

Fine Print


A poem for the Siyyum of Bava Metzia, a Masechet of details and law.

This is the 22d Masechet that we have completed in this cycle of Daf Yomi.

Thank you, Talking Talmud,Yardaena and Anne and all you who encourage me

to write these poems.

More will be added to this post soon....the things that I remember from this huge book of cases.


May we hear good news soon.

Leann


 

fine print


Stuffed 

into drawers,

hidden in

rusty file cabinets,

crumpled notes

stuffed into

forgotten shelves,

clipped and banded.

Bound volumes

lining shelves

patiently waiting

until needed


fine print

has time on its side.


Legalese

packed with 

hypotheticals

circumstantials

suppositionals

Big words,

real problems

some simple

and some difficult

to imagine.


Solutions appear

in the fine print


When to’s,

Where to's,

How to’s

Why to’s, too


Who belongs to what

What belongs to who

Why and when.

Who deserves?

Whose fault?

Who owes?

Who pays?

Who gets?

Who gives ?


What is fair

and most certainly

what is not?


What’s mine,

 what’s yours 

and why.


Peer in.

you'll find

floors and ceilings,

lost and found,

Fields and marketplaces.

Pets and pantries,

Loans and interest,

families, businesses,

rich and poor


People

you and me

out in the world.


The fine print.

 passes over you

like a puff of wind

unseen

yet,

it

answers  

the questions


and

sometimes

Simply,

oddly


there is no answer at all,

waiting for another day.


Fine print.

Irrelevant

until

it is not.

So small 

The print is barely visible

and

one peers,

eyes so close to the page,

searching

in that whirlwind of words

for answers,

hidden in plain sight

if we can find them.


Someone bothered

to write it down

Word for word

Phrase for phrase

Letter for letter

Scratches on papyrus

Or a leather bound volume


Each of us owns

and sometimes needs

fine print

It surely won’t dazzle

 

but,

you just might find

your life hidden there.



 



stuffed  into drawers, hidden in rusty file cabinets  Crumpled notes

Stuffed into pockets clipped and banded Stored  until needed

fine print

legalese packed with   what ifs  Inconsistencies Problems

solutions fine print The When to’s, Where to's,

How to’s Why to’s, too shoulds and shouldn'ts.

Who belongs to what What belongs to who

What’s mine,  what’s yours  Floors and ceilings,

lost and found,, Fields and homes, Pets and pantries,

Loans and interest, days and nights who owes?Who pays?

 who gets? who gives ? Who is friendand who is foe?

What is fair and most certainly what is not?

Fine print. passes through you, unsee yet,

Fine print answers all  the questions But

sometimes Simply, Oddly There is no answer at all

and then there is more, There is always more. For each of us

there is fine print. waiting just for you. So small 

The print is barely visible. and. one peers

eyes so close to the page. Searching. the tiny marching letters

for what they said. Somewhere in that. Whirling swirl of words

are the answers. Hidden in plain sight. if we can just find them.

For each of us there is fine print. Irrelevant. Until. the fine pirnt

is the mot relevant. of all. Someone bothered. To write it down

Word for word. Phrase for phrase Letter for letter. Scratches on papyrus

Or a leather bound volume. Or a pile of papers. Fine print

 You just might find. Yourself. n the finest details

stuffed  into drawers, hidden in rusty file cabinets  Crumpled notes

Stuffed into pockets clipped and banded Stored  until needed

fine print

legalese packed with   what ifs  Inconsistencies Problems

solutions fine print The When to’s, Where to's,

How to’s Why to’s, too shoulds and shouldn'ts.

Who belongs to what What belongs to who

What’s mine,  what’s yours  Floors and ceilings,

lost and found,, Fields and homes, Pets and pantries,

Loans and interest, days and nights who owes?Who pays?

 who gets? who gives ? Who is friendand who is foe?

What is fair and most certainly what is not?

Fine print. passes through you, unsee yet,

Fine print answers all  the questions But

sometimes Simply, Oddly There is no answer at all

and then there is more, There is always more. For each of us

there is fine print. waiting just for you. So small 

The print is barely visible. and. one peers

eyes so close to the page. Searching. the tiny marching letters

for what they said. Somewhere in that. Whirling swirl of words

are the answers. Hidden in plain sight. if we can just find them.

For each of us there is fine print. Irrelevant. Until. the fine pirnt

is the mot relevant. of all. Someone bothered. To write it down

Word for word. Phrase for phrase Letter for letter. Scratches on papyrus

Or a leather bound volume. Or a pile of papers. Fine print

 You just might find. Yourself. n the finest details

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Jul 01

So complex and so true! You captured it beautifully Leann!

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Jul 02
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I thank you !

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