‘These are the names . . . .’
I wish that you could:
Smell the dense promise of yeast and egg
as the challah is being prepared.
Inhale the honey gold warmth as it bakes.
Feel the glow envelope you as the shabbos candles are lit.
Embrace the fullness of time as it yields to eternity.
Experience the joy and laughter of Shabbat dinner
shared with family and friends.
Hear the stories once again, spoken and sung,
in Hebrew and in native tongue.
Hear them turning to unveil familiar comforts and fresh encounter.
Feel the warm peace of an afternoon nap.
Awaken to stroll in the late afternoon as the sun’s light starts to slant.
Watch the night sky for three stars. Take in the evening air.
Feel the wholeness of havdalah, smell the intensity of the spices
that awaken you to the week ahead.
Feel the contentment, the quiet joy, the grounding,
that Shabbat can bring,
whenever you choose to embrace it.
© 5 December 2012 Isabella Darling. All rights reserved. Images as attributed. Video via standard youtube license.