HAPPY THANKSGIVING

IF I AM THANKFUL

If I am thankful for my home
I will shelter the homeless
If I am thankful for this meal
I will feed the hungry

If I am thankful my children are safe
I will protect all children
If I am thankful for being loved
I will bestow loving kindness on all

If I am thankful for my portion
I will give generously to the needy
If I am thankful for my talents
I will keep mindful my failings

If I am thankful for my freedom
I will respect the rights of others
If I am thankful for this life
I will revere the miracle it represents

If I do not,
I am not truly thankful,
Only selfish

© 2010 by Robert S. Steinberg, Esquire
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IT WAS GRAND TO BE RUNNING

IT WAS GRAND TO BE RUNNING
(To tune of “It’s a Grand Night for Singing,” by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, from film “State Fair.”)

It was grand to be running
Campaigning’s one more show
In your White House chair
while they blow-dry your hair
reality may bite your toe.

It was grand to be running.
When promised walls rang true.
Now you’ve been elected
and you’ll be expected
to prove what you really can do.
That wall may fall on you.

Maybe you’ll learn to be calm.
Maybe you’ll learn to go slow.
You might come to see
that the Presidency
is not a reality show.

Maybe you’ll think more than talk.
Maybe you’ll grow to be wise.
Maybe the earth will crash into the sun
and burn up before your own eyes.

It was grand to be running.
Cheer Mr. Pres. your chum.
You don’t see your error
why others feel terror
as “things fall apart”, for some.
“The blood dimmed tide” has come

.Lyric © by Robert S. Steinberg, Esquire
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SCHINDLER’S LIST MOVIE THEME

November 9 and 10 mark the 78th anniversary of Kristallnacht or Night of Glass. On those terrible nights the Jews of Germany were subjected to a brutal pogrom that resulted in the destruction of synagogues, shops, beatings, murders and deportations. Kristallnacht was Hitler’s diabolically grand celebration of hatred, the beginning of the end of European Jewry that would become the morally twisted industrialization of mass murder, adapting to this end the deadly efficiencies of the assembly line.

Metaphisically, every one of us was there on those cold, awful nights of 1938. Are we not, each of us, of the human species? Do not the actions of one,  stain the conscience of all? Each of us both victim and murderer, sufferer and abuser. The traumatized and the guilty walk together. The dead and the living in one long procession. History and destiny laid out like an unwanted map un-scrolling. Dark and foretelling what was that still is.

SCHINDLER’S LIST THEME
(To main theme from “Schindler’s List” motion picture music soundtrack (1993) by John Williams)

Even as we walk together
Talk together now.
Even as we smile together.
We were there, and we remember
Horrors all too possible somehow.
Even as we walk together now.

On a cold and dark November
Night of Broken Glass.
When the night-screams never ended
And a darkness, soon descended.
Darkness that could never seem to pass.

Even as we walk together now.
Even as we walk together now.

Lyric © 2016 by Robert S. Steinberg, Esquire
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