Peace Offering – A poem for Parsha Vayikra (Aliyah 4)

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And from the peace offering, he shall bring a fire offering to the Lord

Leviticus 3:9

In the oldest days peace came
in the form of slaughter.

You can read the details of the ritual –
Which animal, what happens

with its kidneys and liver,
how it all becomes smoke.

Not far away and a couple millennia
gone by, the chief oligarch

brings a three mile convoy
of peace

and claims of NAZIs to sweep away.
Our pale of settlement

gets more pale.
Around the world the banks

make a forceful peace –
An electronic siege.

The technology of war
has kept up.

Meanwhile, the number of
living humans fluctuate.

Who or what do I need to
slaughter today to have my

peace offering heard? There’s nothing
in the fine print about this

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