Please Don’t Eat My Leg — A poem for Parsha Tzav (Aliyah 3)

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For I have taken the breast of the waving and the thigh of the elevation from the children of Israel

Leviticus 7:34

It makes me wonder what unique purposes
the other parts of the body may have…

The kneecap of judgment
The elbow of the solemn oath
The uvula of solitude
The fingernails of it’s really time
to cut the fingernails

The capillary of getting the mail
The left nostril that goes to the Lord
The spleen of Schenectady
The gizzard of, wait-a-minute
human beings don’t have gizzards

The eyeball of silent movies
The earlobe of am I being too loud
The epidermis of fluffy pillows
The tongue of all the words
that spill out of your mouth

The eyelash of attraction
The nipple of delight
The tingling of the you know what
The spleen of what is this pain
in the side of my body

The tooth of has the mail come
The eyebrow of science fiction
The bicep of city planning
The leg of please don’t eat my leg
The palm of the hand that soothes
the cheek of your lover

The lip of the bee sting
The heel of the long road ahead
The navel of the peace among men
The divine plan of it all as the
holy smoke rises up to the sky

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