Am I? – A poem for Parsha Bereshit (Aliyah 4)

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Am I My Brother’s keeper?

Genesis 4:9

Am I supposed to admit what I did?
Am I responsible if no one saw?

Am I really starting this whole book over?
Am I canceled?

Am I in trouble for reading brother when
sisters hadn’t been invented when this was written?

Am I wearing the right clothes
for wandering the earth forever?

Am I touching the right keys?
Am I singing the right note?

Am I prepared for the forthcoming
crimes of our first family?

Am I the one who has to bear
responsibility for what they did?

Am I wasting electricity? How about water?
Am I too angry when I’m put on hold?

Am I the one with the taste
of the forbidden fruit on my tongue.

Am I making a fruit salad
with forbidden fruit?

Am I responsible for feeding
forbidden fruit salad to others?

Am I keeping my brother
longer than he wants?

Am I supposed to set him free?
Am I doing enough to make sure

everyone is free?
Am I?

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