Two lives; small alef poetry Vayechi

And He Lived

Father Jacob really living now
even in Egypt he is alive;

We want to believe as he dies
in real life, full life –

Jacob lived
in the land of Egypt seventeen years;

And the days of Jacob, the years of his life,
his two lives were one hundred and forty seven years.

The time approached for Israel to die
so he called for his son, for Joseph.

His two lives were about over
the life of Jacob; the life of Israel –

Two lives
Sometimes Jacob sometimes Israel;

The giver the taker
All of us two lives too.

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