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Tree of Life

Tree of Life
In Memoriam, Pittsburgh, October 27, 2018

The blessing of an infant should be
Wrapped in joy.
The body of a congregation
At worship should
Be swaddled in

We have come this far
To comfort one
In the time of our ancestors
We journeyed
Farther for peace
And prayer––
From Germany, Russia,
Latvia, Poland
And beyond.
We have come this far
For peaceful worship and we
Will not be deterred.

Tikkun Olum.
We cannot piece together
Lives that have
Been shattered.
We cannot undo bloodshed.
We continue the work of
Bonding and repair,
Speak out against
Injustice in all forms.

We have come this far to comfort
Each another, to remember
Eleven of our kin.
May their memories be a
Blessing. May we be worthy
Of them, continue the work of
Loving, teaching, healing,
Praying, blessing the babies,
Respecting the elders,
Mourning the dead.

Praise God
And every creative act.
The Tree of Life was
Made of people who tended it,
Like us.
Repair and remember.

Marilyn Kallet