Editor-in-Chief: Steven Wittenberg Gordon. Art Editor: Jason Artemus Gordon. Associate Editor: James Frederick William Rowe. Assistant Editor: Terri Lynn Cummings. Featuring the poetry of: Ross Balcom, Sylvia Cavanaugh, Gene Hodge, John C. Mannone, Karla Linn Merrifield, Vivian Finley Nida, John Reinhart, Howard Stein, Charles A. Swanson, Alessio Zanelli, & other fine poets.
Poet's/Editor's Notes: This traditional haiku is inspired by the tradition of Tashlich, a ritual usually performed on the first day of Rosh Hashanah. The Jews cast breadcrumbs, symbolizing their sins, into a body of water, which then symbolically washes them or carries them away. It is preferred that fish be present in the water, for just as a fish may avoid being ensnared in a net, so too may a person avoid being ensnared in sin. Ideally, the water should be moving, so the breadcrumbs/sins would be carried away. However, in a pinch, even a bucket of water may be used to complete the ritual. The presence of seagulls would just be a bonus. Additional information about Rosh Hashanah and Tashlich may be found here https://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/564247/jewish/What-is-Tashlich.htm.