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Blow the Shofar

"Blowing the Shofar" by Seymour Fogel (1944) It's been a while since I had a good old fashioned poetic rant, but here is one, prompted by the ludicrous events in the BBC in the past week,  yesterday's lectionary readings and this image which  I shared on social media as one of my #LentArt posts inspired by those readings. It’s time to put away the whistles And blow the shofar instead, To rouse us from our complacency, Our complicity in the coming catastrophe. We inherited not just a land But a globe filled with promise; A fecund cornucopia capable of meeting all our needs and more. But more and more is what Was wanted by fewer and fewer. Abundance of milk and honey inducing Lactose intolerance and diabetes. We fiddle while the world burns, Yet the poor go cold, hungry, and thirsty With water tainted by sewage or salt As profits and sea-levels rise. And some, driven from their homes By the encroaching oceans and deserts And the conflicts that they cause Seek a land of
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