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Sukkot and Utopia

Sukkot and Utopia

What’s this all about
These booths popping up
A harvest of plastic bags
The god that took you out of Egypt
His priests now demand
A celebration of those times
When you were homeless
Refugees, in tents, huts,
But don’t worry, it isn’t real
It’s just for fun
Tabernacles, taverns, liquor,
Opium, religion
Between the law you escaped
And the new one
That demands that you escape it, too
In respect of the true mystery
In the light of history
The logical and the ontological
Lead to deontology
And parkways to parks
And orchards take over the boulevards

Elliot Sperber is a writer, attorney, and adjunct professor. He lives in New York City and can be reached at elliot.sperber@gmail.com and on twitter @elliot_sperber

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