Michel M.J. Shore

All Rivers Flow to the Sea

All rivers flow to the sea, their source;

Like children striving to find their true home.

The journey’s ebb and flow rhythm echoes,

Through hills, mountains, valleys and fields of life,


Through highs and lows, rocks, pebbles and sandy shores,

To find ourselves, upon losing ourselves,

In the sea that inhales and exhales us.

To return from whence we came, to journey, yet, again.


The Shema prayer, as an itinerary,

Pronounces its way stations, from whence we choose,

After being sent from home, on life’s journey,

To then retire from our travels, and arise, yet, again,


For another journey, where it all begins anew

Until we have fulfilled our earth journey’s mission.


 (Inspired by the first paragraph of the Shema prayer;  Ecclesiastes 1:7; Ethics of the Fathers: Rav Yacov 4: 16 or 4:21 depending on the source numeration.)

About the Author
Michel M.J. Shore is a retired judge of the Federal Court of Canada and recently made a home in Israel. He is the writer of several published books and poetry collections.
Related Topics
Related Posts