dead souls

I wrote this poem in response to a passage in the Talmud about a judge who releases his son from the duty of vindicating his ancestral knowledge, realizing that times have changed and the traditions his own teachers instructed him in have become outdated.

It also brought to mind a quote from Anton Gerashchenko on Twitter, about how Ukraine doesn’t want to be forever defined and limited by Russia’s obsession with its Soviet territorial past:

“[Ukraine] does not want to be a wall between [the] civilized world and [Russia], does not want to be [a] territory of constant confrontation, danger and war. [Ukraine] wants to win to reinvent itself, to be interesting to investors, to restart the economy. We want to be a calm, peaceful, successful country.” – Anton Gerashchenko

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