• Leann Shamash

Let it Go

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This poem, "Let it Go," was inspired by a Romemu podcast by Rabbi David Ingber.

The concept of Shmitta is so much a part of Sefer VaYikra and an important part of the year 5782 that I wanted to give it its due here. While learning about Parshat Behar and B'Chukotai (these parshiyot are often combined) I learned about the challenges of faith that go along with Shmitta. What will the people eat when the land is at rest? How do people keep faith that there will be food to eat? Parshat B'Chukotai speaks of the blessings associated with following these laws, especially the concept of rest for the land. Conversely, the curses which go along with not giving rest are whispered as this parsha is read.

Shmitta, allowing the land to rest, comes from the same idea of the sabbath, which asks people to rest.

Letting go is hard. Letting go of our lives to enjoy the fruits that the Sabbath holds is hard. Letting go of our jobs is difficult...letting go of our children....and letting go of The Land is a challenge. This poem explores the idea of letting go and what that means in 2022/5782.




Let it go

Can you let it go?

The endless

stream

of news

on your

screen

a small ray of light

at

3 AM


Can you let it go?

Can you let it go

that inclination to

com

mu

ni

cate

24

7

to text

call

tweet

comment

to empty

your voice

into

the void


a hint of

space

without form.


Can you let it go?

Can you let it go?

The real?


The dreamed?

The imagined?


The urge to create?


To connect.

To compete.

To complete.

Can you let it go?



The castle

in the air ?

The house

on the beach?

The pie

in the sky?


The them?



Can you sit


in peace

watch the world

go by

or

stop


watching


the world

go by


look

inward

instead of


out

to the

void


Can you let it go?


Can you

grant yourself

a pause

an hour

a day

a sabbath

a sabbath of sabbaths

a Shmitta?

a Jubilee?


A sabbath

of the land



A sabbath

of time and

s p a c e


no volume

no weight

no rush


no accumulation


Time


only passes


Can you

step

away


Can you let it go?









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