On My Re-tire-ment

On My Retirement

What will you do now?
Tie your long gray hair in a tail
braid your beard with beads
pierce your ear, pierce it twice
never bless another piece of bread
as long as you live —

Go bungee jumping in Colorado
hunt the wicked weebee bird
defend the precious rain forests of the Amazon
trade secrets with desperadoes
teach Vienna to dance.

Or
will you float the sea
take lunch in the sun
write commentaries on the text—

Remembering Bar Yochai
who emerged from the cave
believing if he only could spend
two Sabbaths properly
the world would be redeemed.

Rabbi —
what
will
you
do

now.

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