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WATCH Miriam Hechtman recite her poem, Tashlich (Cast Off)

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Poem Tashlish Cast off

Published: 1 October 2020

Last updated: 5 March 2024

I say goodbye, out of my pockets spills sorrow - WATCH MIRIAM’S POETRY READING


Tashlich (Cast Off)

I say goodbye

Out of my pockets

Spills sorrow

Out of my pockets

Runneth regret

Out of my pockets

Falls fear

The raven has departed

With my trespasses

Dropped them into the moving water

Wave by wave

Past the sandbank


Past the glint of the sun


Round the bends and breaks of the coral creatures


Where the wild things are

Down further to the immortal jellyfish

Who quietly lives forever

Returns to itself

Cell after cell

Regenerating its entire being

Over and over again

The Benjamin Button of the universe

Reversing, traversing, immersing time

God will take us back in love

God will cover up our iniquities

God will hurl all our sins into the depths of the sea

So we renew

We begin again

In our same mortal bodies

We swim

Video by Miriam Hechtman

About the author

Miriam Hechtman

Sydney-based Miriam Hechtman is an Australian writer, creative producer and poet. She is the founder and creative director of Poetica, a live poetry and music initiative and co-presenter and producer of WORDSMITH – the poetry podcast.

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