Take any man

September 22, 2010 - Reading time: ~1 minute

Walking on a road
Alone in his coat
He is a world
No one knows
And to himself

Yet, when he wanders most
It is his own way, certain
As spheres astronomers note
In their familiar motion.

—Samuel Menashe


September 16, 2010 - Reading time: ~1 minute

Eyes open to praise
The play of light
Upon the ceiling--
While still abed raise
The roof this morning
Rejoice as you please
Your Maker who made
This day while you slept,
Who gives grace and ease,
Whose promise is kept.

—Samuel Menashe

May 18, 2010 - Reading time: ~1 minute

The river that we cross we forget. The river that stops us is always there.

—Samuel Menashe,
on his poem 'Promised Land'


May 2, 2010 - Reading time: ~1 minute

Water opens without end
At the bow of a ship
Rising to descend
Away from it

Days become one
I am who I was

—Samuel Menashe


Promised Land

May 1, 2010 - Reading time: ~1 minute

At the edge
Of a world
Beyond my eyes
I know Exile
Is always
Green with hope -
The river
We cannot cross
Flows forever

—Samuel Menashe


O many named beloved

April 29, 2010 - Reading time: ~1 minute

Listen to my praise
Various as the seasons
Different as the days
All my treasons cease
When I see your face

—Samuel Menashe