Questions – A poem for Parsha Miketz (Aliyah 4)

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When the entire land of Egypt hungered, the people cried out to Pharaoh for bread

Genesis 41:5

What sound does the call make?
Whose ears is it arriving to?

Is the call going in the ears or
bouncing away like the other noise?

What can be done about
the empty mouths?

Did we know this was
going to happen?

Did we learn about it
in dreams?

Is there profit in our response?
Is a full stomach profit enough?

If we’re passing out bread
what do we have for the

people who don’t eat bread?
How did we get here?

If we leave here, can we
set it up so we won’t be back?

Are we making the same mistakes?
Will it come around because it

went around?
Am I in Egypt or the other place?

Am I really a spy,
or are they the spies?

If this works out like it did last year
how soon before we realize

we never should have
left home?

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