Passover and Poetry

Passover and Poetry

Early Morning Reflections on the River

Monday Morning Musings:

“And when our children tell our story. . .
They’ll tell the story of tonight. . .

Raise a glass to freedom
Something they can never take away”
–Lin-Manuel Miranda, “Raise a Glass to Freedom,” Hamilton

This past week of cooking and cleaning
of family and friendship
of war and words,
of stories and rhyme–

the tides of the river
the flight of a crow
the raising of glasses
the flow of time

We celebrated the launch of River Ghosts at William Heritage Winery

as we walk and talk and sing
the love we bring
to the table

even as we miss absent faces
we find traces

amidst syllables we utter
through the clutter

of the everyday.

What we say in tears and laughter—
flies on heart-wings from here to here-after,

becoming another story—added light–
to all the stories of tonight.

I’m sorry if I’m overwhelming with photos in this post. Friday night was the start of Passover. Our older child is here, and we celebrated “our” book River Ghosts being out in the world. (They designed the stunning cover art.) We had some summer-like days this week and some beautiful spring days. We’ve also had thunderstorms, heavy rain—and this morning, I had to turn the heat back on.

On Passover, we are commanded to tell the story of the Exodus as part of the seder. Let’s just say, we are not traditional. My talented children wrote this year’s Passover play—the best one ever—over glasses of wine Friday night and coffee on Saturday morning. Where do they get this last-minute writing under pressure thing?

My siblings could not be with us on Passover, but it was still wonderful to have my children here and my sister-niece and her family. This was our first Passover together since the pandemic. Today is the two-year anniversary of my mom’s death.

44 thoughts on “Passover and Poetry

  1. what a beautiful celebration Merril. Thanks or sharing your amazing family with us and congratulations to all of you on the book. What an incredible feast and in food, story and love. 💖💖

  2. What a wonderful collection of some of your favorite things. You are blessed with your children, your wonderful new book and of course the meal shared with family. I enjoyed the tomfoolery too. 😀

  3. What are you apologizing for! Share photos! We all love them, I have zero doubt. So much joy in them, to boot 🙂 And such a talented group.
    Love that you had a wonderful celebration with your kids.

  4. Merril, your photos are wonderful feasts (some even literal feasts) for the eyes. It’s always a joy to see your beautiful, happy, talented family. I received the print copy of River Ghosts this weekend. I marvel at the cover … so lovely! And I’m indulging in your poetry 🙂

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