HaboZine feature: Mosh Slam poetry

Naomi Weintraub performs an original slam in the HaboZine sa’adnah (workshop).

By Naomi Weintraub, Bogrim 2012

We are a family
joined together by pebbles and canvas tents
woven together with love and care.
It’s not a coincidence that we all ended up here.
It wasn’t by accident that we are all fed by the summer dew.
We are a family
moving together like the strands of a paintbrush,
leaving bold colored lines in our dust.
Summers are saved, salvaged, and glorified.
Summers are too far away, not soon enough, not here yet.
Summers are where we expect too much,
leave with no disappointments.
We are a family.
Supportive.
Support — I’ve never had a lack of here.
Brave souls becoming braver as we open our frail young lips.
Being in this environment we seem to forget
that we are making a difference every time we discuss our ideas.
We are Habonim Dror, we don’t stress competition,
we just lead with two open hands and a heart ready to listen.
We are a family.
The semel is a misrepresentation
because if I was told to make something to symbolize this
I would create a collage.
A collage of a million Shabbat hugs, of never-ending support,
and thousands of pillars for the world to see,
of stolen kupa treats, of bean crap toranut groans,
of sideways eights, sideways eights, sideways eights.
We are a family.
Love at first sight of the Chadar.
Mosh you look so good to me never was so true.
New kids’ eyes at those crazy people.
New kids who will never understand why we love it so much,
until they do too.
And then it becomes natural.
Loving you is natural.
It’s not voluntary or gradual.
It’s not a coincidence that we all ended up here.
It wasn’t by accident that we are all fed by the summer dew.
We are a family.
Move together like the strands of a paintbrush,
leaving bold colored lines in our dust.

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