born of and heavy laden truth

born of seeds

born of trees

born of still

waters and heavy


laden with and planted by


witnesses to

creation destruction peace

and birth

do we really


the skin we peel from

fruit bears nothing

upon the faith of future


reaching toward

yearning for


depending on us

to share



Painting is by Issachar Ber Ryback, a painter born in Ukraine in the early 20th century and commissioned to paint scenes from the Ukraine countryside, devastated from and even in the midst of pogroms. Read more about him and see his works at

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