Bruce Black is the author of Writing Yoga (Rodmell Press/Shambhala) and editorial director of The Jewish Writing Project. He received his BA from Columbia University and his MFA from Vermont College. His work has appeared in Elephant Journal, Blue Lyra Review, Tiferet Journal, Hevria, The Jewish Literary Journal, Yogi Times, Mindbodygreen, Chicken Soup for the Soul, and elsewhere. He lives in Sarasota, FL.
Where Can I Find You
Where can I find You, dear God,
and what can I say to You?
Some people say You are everywhere—
in the stillness of the forests and
in the clear air of the mountains,
in the salt spray of the sea and
in the desert’s vastness,
in the majesty of valleys and
in the noisy streets of cities, too.
Others say You are in the sanctuaries
that we build for You with stained glass
windows and polished wooden pews
and a holy ark to hold Your Torah
and a burning eternal lamp
to remind us of Your presence.
Will You listen if I go to the seashore
alone, or to the mountains or
to the desert, and pray words
that come only from my lips,
no one else’s?
Will You hear my prayer if I go
to these sanctuaries and pray
with other Jews?
Where can I find you, dear God,
and what can I say that You
haven’t heard before?