Found PoemsIf you're looking for something interesting to recite at this year's Seder, consider the following student-made found poems on freedom and racism, written as part of a culminating project on racism in America. Here are the students working on the project:
The first poem is an amalgamation of texts from the Haggadah and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn:
This year slaves
Next year free men
There ain't nothing in the world so good
You feel mighty free and easy and comfortable
We cried out to God
God heard our voice and he saw our suffering
In every generation they rise against us and seek our destruction
Nobody else could come a-hunting after me
Out of the chains in no time
There ain't no place for a n-----
Baruckh atah Hashem Ga'al YisraelI knowed I was alright now
The second poem is from the civil rights chapter of American history textbook, American History: A Survey by Alan Brinkley:
Loss of Innocence
he had collapsed
romantic vision snapped
the stable cords had once bound
and existing terms
champions of the new
-- already inferior --
concept of slavery
they were the slaveowners
the fire eaters
slavery's unthreatening presence
had risen to such a point
that it was threatened
not even backed by gold or silver
certainly not by morality
Try your hand at creating your own found poem out of just the haggadah or the haggadah and another inspirational source.
Feel free to post your found poem in the comments section!
The Schechter HaggadahWe've been enjoying the truly remarkable The Schechter Haggadah. Read a review of it here.
Enjoy this time of freedom and redemption.
Have a happy Pesach!