It came to me,
As clear as what my eyes can see.
I saw it.
Judaism – as a flag
that we who love her,
were holding above our heads.
All of us,
holding high this flag of our faith.
This flag of beauty
of profound meaning,
of the strongest ties to our history.
that has held us together
I was surprised at the fear I felt
as I saw this vision,
that what I loved so much,
what has given me so much,
was being lost.
As each of us steps back from holding up our flag
she starts to sag.
A little here,
a little there,
We are pulled away
by so many things today,
the flag’s part in our lives
is becoming smaller and smaller.
We (I) need to hold our arms higher, firmer.
We need to re-infuse ourselves to our core,
with its beauty, its meaning.
We need to speak of it,
be unafraid of whatever keeps us
from holding it up.
We need to be careful of what pulls us away.
If not us, than who?
Five Jewish artists, ages ranging from 5-64, are exhibiting at Dayton Memorial Library at Regis University in Denver.
Maryanne Quinn is a Boulder-based textile artist whose hand-felted paintings exploit a sense of childhood wonder.