All vows – dVerse Poetics

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Let us celebrate ourselves

Let us forgive ourselves

Let us rejoice in our imperfections

Let us be perfect despite (because of) our crack’d carapaces

and (despite) because of our fissured souls

Let us be gentle to ourselves

Let us speak softly, kindly to ourselves

Let us do all of those things

and yet strive to be better, next year.

Let us do all of those things

for ourselves, for others

Let us be who we are.

Let us be.


Tonight on dVerse Poetics, the wonderful Walt asks us to celebrate. We can mark a special national or international day, a day of faith (or no faith), or just celebrate our lives.

I have chosen to mark Kol Nidre, in my own very liberal Jewish way. Yom Kippur is marked by the Kol Nidre service at the (evening) start of this holiest of holy days. Translated, the Aramaic of Kol Nidre (meaning ‘All vows’)  annuls any personal or religious oaths or prohibitions made by you to God for the next year, so as to  avoid the sin of breaking vows made to God which cannot be, or are not upheld.

I have taken this and turned it into a celebration of our glorious imperfections, of the brokenness of being human. Make of it what you will – I enjoyed writing it very much.

I’m looking forward to reading what others have chosen to celebrate over on dVerse – why not take a look?

31 thoughts on “All vows – dVerse Poetics

  1. As Capt. Picard said, “Engage! Make it so!”. Celebration of Self is too often neglected. We we’re on the same emotional page today it seems.

  2. I join you in the celebration of gentleness and kindness ~ Let us rejoice in our imperfections ~

    Note to Freya – Have you received my email lately ?

  3. This isn’t just a celebration, Freya, it’s a prayer to ourselves. I found I had to say it aloud and it really spoke to me, especially these lines:
    ‘Let us be perfect despite (because of) our crack’d carapaces
    and (despite) because of our fissured souls’.

  4. So eloquently expressed. I initially wrote one about Yom Kippur and brokenness too, incorporating the sounds of the shofar, but went with something else and didn’t post it. Not sure why. This is lovely.

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