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Passover: Beyond Enlightenment

By Emily Stern

2 weeks ago

The Temple

If we were to really know what we knew in Egypt, 
that's enlightenment: God is everything. 
Pharoah's hardened heart was the work of God.
The bounty of the earth through plagues: God.... read on

  • in the beginning

    By Emily Stern

    3 weeks ago

    to begin with, the light that was here all along. 

     

    that's something that exists.

     

    it's simply excavation being inside light.

     

    what are you?

     

    oh, yes, that's right.

  • Drum

    By Emily Stern

    March 5, 2014 | 10:36 pm

    Heartbeat is hardly accompaniment
    I would kick her out of the band really unless she could be raised and glorified.
    Open the drums, thank God for the upstroke- the release before
    When we hear the vibration and lift the sticks
    and hammer even the fine veil of this precious... read on

  • Seeing God As Everything (comes from deepest necessity)

    By Emily Stern

    February 20, 2014 | 1:12 pm

    Seeing God as everything is a luxory

    and comes from deepest necessity

    the barest bones of reality

    the abundance of spirit

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  • The Birds In The Cities

    By Emily Stern

    February 19, 2014 | 9:54 am

    It is nice to see the birds in the city
    because birds are not martyrs.

     

    While standing at the western wall,

    she points to the birds saying surreptitiously,

    "There are no birds at the western wall."

     

    The Ram Bam says that on angels, wings are a metaphor.

    Wings are... read on

  • I Know What You Are Made Of

    By Emily Stern

    February 14, 2014 | 6:41 am

     Lyrics:

     

    I know what you are made of:

    lakes and simple sounds, good company

    the dissapointed child as he sleeps

    with open heart songs inside his sheets.

     

    Grandma used to knit. 

    She made a pink blanket.

    She told me what little girls are made of:

    Sugar and... read on

  • The Heart Shaped Ring

    By Emily Stern

    February 12, 2014 | 3:26 pm

    The ring came from

    A shop in New Mexico
    where A Christian
    Radio Station was blaring

    midrshim I had never heard!

    It was about Moses entering the Promised Land days after he died.

    “You hate Palestinians,” says the man selling these. “Don’t you hate them?”

    To the shopkeeper in New Mexico,

    I just said no.

  • Good Morning!

    By Emily Stern

    January 19, 2014 | 5:14 pm

    Good Morning! Good morning!

    It's what we're calling global warming.

    Wake up to the coming cosmic day

    or we'll end up dying for a past 

    that wasn't working anyway.

     

    We've all been dreaming

    and the cocks have certainly been sreaming

    and the clocks have ticked us

    into a life long coffee break,

     

    and the coffee has tricked us

    into thinking we're awake.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Emily Stern is a devotional poet and songwriter. Her album “Birth Day” can be downloaded on iTunes or from CD baby.  As an actor and playwright, her plays have been performed...

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