Waking Up

“Waking up begins with saying am and now, ”
said Isherwood, singular man,
Those who start blessings, holier-than-thou,
believe that the earth one began
blessed by God who told Man to be fruitful and
to multiply, but saying am
and now when you wake up is proof you understand
this blessing was hardly a scam.

This morning I learned in b. Berakot 60b the laws concerning the blessings a Jew must say when he rises. It is customary to say them not when one rises but when one begins the morning prayers. At the Huntington Museum in San Marino there is a first edition of Christopher Isherwood “A Single Man” (1963) . The first line of the book reads: “Waking up begins with saying am and now.”


by gershon hepner

Comments (9)

I love poems thanks for sharing.Thomas Wyatt poems n earl of surrey
This is great one thought provoking and good creations!
Now cease, my lute; this is the last Labour that thou and I shall waste, And ended is that we begun. Now is this song both sung and past: My lute be still, for I have done. Nice work. Enjoyed the poem. Thanks for sharing the poem. Subhas
To perform the last labour! ! Nice piece of work.
This is a poem of despair in a double sense: The poet has despaired of the possibility of happiness in love with his true love, and he will give up music, poetry and performance because they would not sway her.So he is announcing publicly he is giving up both love and art. Renaissance poets were always dramatizing their emotions in a very public way. But as Hamlet affirmed, I HAVE THAT WITHIN WHICH PASSETH SHOW.
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