Kol Nidré

My friend Thomas

       is so upright and honest

that all year long

       he never breaks a promise.

Not everyone’s so good

       at doing what they’ve spoken.

Many vows and promises

       get overlooked or broken.

Let all of our pledges,

       our oaths and our vows,

the promises

       that get neglected somehow,

commitments we make

       without serious thought.

words that are uttered

       and later forgot–

Let them all be abolished,

       deleted, erased,

canceled and vanished

       without any trace.

May they all be considered

       as totally dead,

extinct, non-existent,

       and never-been-said,

gulped-down and gobbled

       by hungry piranhas

plunged in a pit

       in remote Indiana,

renounced and relinquished,

       abandoned, undone.

And may God grant forgiveness

       to everyone.

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