I’ve been pondering

I’ve been wondering

Who let the Pharaoh in?

 

The voice that shouts nope!

The voice that saps hope

Let Pharaoh be mum for mummy

 

I’ve been hawing

I’ve been hemming

With all this condemning

Who let the Pharaoh in?

 

Leave him in Egypt

Thundering from rusty throne

Cast him in the nile

Abandoned alone

 

There is no place for Pharaoh

When yes is the mode

There is no place for Pharaoh

When hope’s our abode

 

All that is disparaging and defeatist

All that is arrogant and elitist

Tell it where to go —

Giddy-up! gallop! Begone Pharaoh

 

Take out your pen

And write again

Dust off your brush

And paint — if not now when?

 

Step forward, be heard

Courage: the word

 

Time to cast away Pharaoh

Evil tyrant and bore

On Passover and forevermore.

 

This year in Jerusalem!