Kol Nidre*Forgive me my promises. Those I have keptand those I have broken. Forgive memy pledges, my vows and the restof my boasts and concessions.Raking my father's bones out of the long furnace, I knewthat what is is what links us. The groundwe all walk on, air we all breathe;the rocks and trees that look down on us in all their candour -all that remains of all that surrounded us when we were sane -and the eyes; the hands; the silence; reciting the namesof what is in the world; divining the namesof what isn't; the wounds we inflictto relay and mirror the wounds we receive;and the knots we cannot undobetween father and son, daughter and mother,mother and father, the oneGod and all his believers:the marriage made without vowsbetween those who have pleasedand hurt one another that deeply.
Bringhurst, Robert. "Kol Nidre" The Calling: Selected Poems 1970-1995. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart Inc., 1995.
* n. Judaism
- An opening prayer recited on the eve of Yom Kippur, retroactively or preemptively declaring the annulment of all personal vows made to God in the previous or following year.
- The melody to which such a prayer is chanted.