Week of Tiferet: Brokenness and Beauty
Whose gaze am I willing to meet?
Certainly the azalea bushes,
Ablaze in yellow and red.
Absolutely the cherry blossoms
Whose pink and white petals remain luminescent even as they fall.
And the lilacs give me no choice.
Their scent reaches out
Even before I approach.
I turn aside to look.
But what about the man in the subway
Smelling of urine and weeks’ worth of grime?
Or the woman clutching her baby
In whose hand I place a one-dollar bill?
I avert my gaze and turn away.
Today I inadvertently lifted my eyes.
First I saw a red wheelchair
And pants tucked around half a leg.
Then my gaze met another.
He smiled a wide, knowing grin
And gave me a thumbs up as he rolled himself by.
The bush is always burning.
Will I turn aside and look?
Tiferet: Brokenness in Beauty
The cracks of Divinity
That allow for the light to shine through
A radiant glory permeates all creation.
Will I risk the pain and joy of a broken heart
To turn aside and look?
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