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"As long as there is community,
we shall stand together in awe.
As long as there are these things,
the world shall keep on turning,
and so shall all of us."
- "Turning" by D.L. Lang

The title Paradise Collectors comes from a quote I read in May 2018:
"Paradise is scattered over the whole earth and that is why it has become so unrecognizable." — Novalis

It struck me and others as a very Kabbalistic quote. I wrote the title poem Paradise Collectors after reading that quote in a horoscope.

Paradise Collectors
We are paradise collectors
and one day, we shall find it.
Together.

Paradise Collectors is a 75 page compilation of Jewish themed poetry, featuring poems inspired by Judaism, Jewish holidays, and Jewish practice from D.L. Lang's previous books and a few new additions. Includes "Turning" previously published on ReformJudaism.org, "Prayer for the Shomrim" previously published in the Jewish Journal of Los Angeles, and "Is" previously published in the Marin Poetry Center anthology Vol 21, and winner of 3rd place at the 2019 Solano County Fair. This collection grew out of my building a set for a synagogue reading in Napa.

SAMPLE POEMS

Penguin's Prayer
Over caffeinated insomniacs, dreaming,
dancing prayers, singing prophets,
jiving on java, juice, and Jewish jams.
Surrounded by the soulful symphonies,
shouting their joyful jubilation skyward,
cheerfully chanting holy Hebrew haikus.
Voices unite these moonlighting weekend angels'
ascending rhythms, rhymes, relaxing.
Work week's woeful ways escaping.
Ecstasy's entrance in every breath.
Nourished by the notes, a comforting chorus,
the beat of bongos, poetic prayers.
United in friendship—happiness distilled.
Rising thoughts of infinite gratitude.
Pain dare not penetrate these happy holy hangovers.
Holding to these fleeting moments of heaven.
Abundant sparks, shimmering to the surface of our souls.

L'Adonai
I am starry eyed, searching for wisdom,
gazing into the infinite represented by Your words,
Your deeds, I do.
I balance on the precipice between vulnerability and centeredness,
feeling the solidity of nature's energy enveloping my soul,
sparks of gratitude flying, aimed at hearts, heroes, and humility.
I'm told I glow.
I glow for You.
You light the flame, my soul renewed.
I sit humbly, sing Hallelu.

Is
The wheel of connection
spinning in the right direction,
finding ourselves again
between the imperfections,
as music shields our confessions
yielding to further reflection,
revealing what can be felt,
yet seldom described—
that which words are too small to hold.
If but once experienced,
we are left yearning
for its return presence,
no matter what name it answers to,
whether discovered in the trees or the seas,
within eyes and arms,
or the echoes of a song,
it longs to be.

GENRE
Fiction & Literature
AVAILABLE
2022
January 31
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
36
Pages
PUBLISHER
D.L. Lang
SELLER
Smashwords, Inc.
SIZE
235.4
KB

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