Ominous SkyThis meditation resonates with poetry and prayer, summoning the voices of the prophet and the spiritual traveler, calling us back to our deepest sense of peace and well being. To listen along as you read, click on the triangle in the bar below. The text follows.


When the thunder crashes,
When the winds howl,
That your heart,
Once a desert,
No longer thirsts.

When darkness falls,
Without moon or stars,
That your mind,
Once lost,
No longer wanders.

When the storm rages,
When lightning strikes at your feet,
That your spirit,
Once frightened,
No longer hides.

When the road fades,
And the journey ends,
That your soul,
Once apart,
Returns home.

© 2010 Alden Solovy and All rights reserved.

Postscript: The last stanza reflects the journey of Yom Kippur: to look back at life as if it was the day of death, with both unwavering honesty and abiding compassion. “Near the End: A Meditation” has a similar theme. If you liked this piece, try “Come Walk,” another poem/prayer in the voice of the spiritual traveler. Click here for the full list of prayers for the Yamim Noraim, the High Holy Days, including brief descriptions and links to each.

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