Psalm 140: deliver me
by Rabbi Brant Rosen
oh lord deliver me from my people
who wield their weapons with impunity
whose armies rain bombs on the imprisoned
whose apologists equate oppressor and oppressed
defending those who punish resistance without mercy.
keep from those who speak so easily of two sides
of dual narratives
of complexities of coexistence
those who call submission peace and lawless laws justice
who never tire of intoning never again
even as they commit crimes again and again
who have forsaken every lesson they’ve learned
from their own history and their own sacred heritage.
like Jacob I have dreamed fearful dreams
I have struggled in the night
I have limped pitifully across the river
and now like Jacob in my last dying breath
I have nothing left but to curse my own
whose tools of lawlessness
who maim refugees who dare dream of return
and send bombs upon the desperate
for the crime of fighting back.
so send me away from this people this tortured fallen assembly
keep me far from their council
count me not among their ranks
I can abide them no longer.
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