if you come close
and pay attention
if you go quietly
to where you have never been
you will hear voices from all directions

shma to listen
shma to hushed mouths

shma to the north
east west and south

evil is in the silences
then again so is g-d

but in the cry of the silenced
we find
what each of us speaking death
for Life
must go out now and do!

*the shma is a prayer that exhorts the Jewish People to listen*

Booklet Section: Sukkot & Simchat Torah
Source: Devon Spier