Friday, November 9, 2007

Jacob & Esau...It's Haiku Friday!

In this week's Torah portion....Toldot...

Rivka is barren.
Ike prays to God - please, kids, please!
God answers his prayer.

Two babies inside
Two nations within her womb
They won't get along

Esau is born first
Big and hairy, with Jacob
hanging on his heel.

The two are real diff
E likes to hunt, fish, and fight
Jake likes to stay home.

One day E wants food.
Jake has been cooking all day.
"Gimme some of that."

Jake's no fool, he deals.
"I'll trade soup for the birthright.
You don't care for it."

Esau is hungry.
The birthright goes to Jacob.
The soup to E's mouth.

Digressive story
Ike and Ree go to Gerar
"She is my sister."

The tale's familiar
We have heard it once before.
Whew, now that's over.

Back to Jake's blessing...
Logistics of getting it
are a bit tricky.

Ike's sight is real bad,
He knows not about the deal
So he calls Esau.

"Make me food to eat,
Kill it, I'd like meat to eat."
So Esau goes out.

Meanwhile, Ree hears all.
She sends Jake to catch some lambs.
She insists it's time.

Esau is hairy
Jake is not - lambskins cover
Deception - complete!

Into Dad he goes
Sound like one, smell like other
Isaac is unsure.

Jake deceives his dad,
The blessing is his for good.
Esau is upset.

Jake flees to Haran
To escape his brother's wrath
And to find a girl.

Coming up next week
Turnabout is unfair play
Deception for Jake!

1. is meanwhile 2 syllables or 3? I think it depends on your accent!
2. The last stanza, I couldn't decide between "turnabout is unfair play" and "what goes around comes around..." -- what do you think??
3. this is probably too much analysis, huh?

See more, possibly less weirdly analytical, Haiku Friday here....


Donetta said...

The rythem (sp)? is good and the story old and wisdom is in its lesson. My brain is blank on the spelling of such a simple word!!!!!

The Egel Nest said...

This is a brilliant Haiku/dvar torah...

Post this at your Shul!

The Egel Nest

the planet of janet said...

coool! seriously!

i love that you turn torah into haiku.

Anonymous said...

Another great one!!! :D

Jennifer said...

I really love these.

Heidi Hyde said...

Wow! This is really neat. Thank you for a wonderful haiku.


Ilanna said...

I like the way you did it in the last stanza... it makes for an interesting turn of phrase rather than using a normal every day phrase. . .

WONDERFUL haiku's! I think i'll be adding your blog to my daily reads. :) (It really is wonderful to meet jews who celebrate their faith, rather than use it as a crutch or excuse, or people who thrive only on the ritual and not the meaning behind it like many members of my extended family.)

Unknown said...

Yay. My favorite Torah reads of the week.

Patois42 said...

I, too, like the "turnabout." Good choice. Great, compelling series to read. I sit in awe.