Shine Dark

we are born wise, we are born complete
a dark surface filled with glistening stars
a beautiful cup hollowed to perfection

we are born wise, we are born complete
but they tell us to look for the sun
but they tell us to fill our cups

we are born wise, we are born complete
but they tell us we have a light to shine on the world
but they tell us we have it within us to overflow

we are born wise, we are born complete

and they force us to banish darkness
with the brightness of the sun
that blocks glistening stars

and they force us to fill our cups
with overflowing liquid
that blocks hollow perfection

we are born wise, we are born complete
and we can balance sun and glistening stars
and we can fill and empty our cups,

fill and empty our cups
and glisten and fade
and shine dark
and flow
full

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I wrote a birthday poem for myself 😉

Image from a friend’s private Instagram, used with permission. 

Bonus: My fifth and sixth birthdays in Bais Yaakov of Boro Park:

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