Raza de Hanukkah 7
These are all our children
— President Obama, December 14, 2012
On the seventh night there was a halt in festivities
And the question:
What is it?
Took on a new sense:
Something terrible happened in our land
Something so broken.
We considered how we came to be this way
How we could become something else;
To find a way
Out of our breakage;
We are all implicated
It’s all of us and it’s everything;
We had to become willing to sit in our sadness
Resist the simple and the fragmented —
To find our silence
And mourn for those who lost.