The Best Tradition

Traditions R.Yehuda

Photo: R. Yehuda

 

The doorbell rings

The gate stays open

As they trickle, stream, come in.

Sisters, brothers, nieces, cousins,

Nephews, parents, aunts and uncles,

And new additions to the scene.

Candles lit and babies cuddled,

In the kitchen tied-up aprons swirl

As busy hands ready cuisine.

A phone is passed:

A distant caller

Hellos each loved one from the screen.

The rooms are filled

The hearts are fuller.

Another year of treasured family din.

 

 

For the Sunday Stills Challenge: Traditions

 

 

City Block

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Photo: Na’ama Yehuda

 

In less toured

But more lived-in

Where the city

Does sleep,

Amidst tall

Modern buildings

Walk-up homes

Wrapped in trees.

 

 

For the Sunday Stills challenge: in your town

For the Sunday Trees challenge

Thankful Still

Ebb and Flow NaamaYehuda

Photo: Na’ama Yehuda

 

Thankful still for life’s living

Thankful still

For the hope

That each breath that’s drawn in

Can begin

And can bring.

Thankful still, if hadn’t always

For the ebb

And the flow

Of small joys and big sorrows

As they come

And they go

As we grow

And we know.

 

 

For the Sunday Stills Challenge: Thankful

 

 

Pumpkin Pile

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Photo: Smadar Halperin-Epshtein

 

Orange heads

Large and small

Shelved and perched

In the mall

For each person

To haul

Home a flavor

Of fall.

 

 

For the October Photo a Day Challenge: Pumpkins

And for Sunday Stills: Orange

 

Pink Strong

Pink AtaraKatz

Photo: Atara Katz

 

Underneath the soft plumage

And pretty colors

Afield,

Resides a strength to protect

From those who violence

Wield.

Underneath the pink top

The hat of power

Revealed,

Live truths of how both

Softness and thorns

Are required

To be healed.

 

 

For the Sunday Stills Challenge: Make mine pink

 

 

Commuting Perspective

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Photo: Smadar Halperin-Epshtein

 

When stuck in stalled traffic

Or standing smooshed on the train

I remind myself how

For many

The commute is truly a strain.

 

For Sunday Stills: Transportation

 

Autumn’s Call

EarlyFall NaamaYehuda

Photo: Na’ama Yehuda

 

Trees will soon

Heed the call

To dress leaves

To enthrall

In the glorious

Ball

Foretelling cold

Yet to

Fall.

 

 

For the Sunday Stills challenge: Autumn

 

Ready To Go

all ready Osnat Halperin-Barlev

Photo: Osnat Halperin-Barlev

 

I have all that I need:

My bag on my back,

Soother to help me accede,

Favorite hoodie,

Warm sleeves,

My baby tucked in carrier

Cozy and fast asleep.

I think all is ready.

Now we can leave.

 

 

For Sunday Stills: Back To School