STARTING EACH DAY WITH A CLEAN SLATE
A child sits with Etch-a-Sketch, doodling to heart’s content
To become the next great artist is clearly her intent
Yet, though she aims to make some art, scribble-scrabble is what appears
So with a twist of the knob, the screen she reverts to clear.
Just like a knob on the Etch-a-Sketch wipes away past disarray
Dawn gives us that cleaned up slate at the start of each new day.
(postscript: the first part of the Avodah of the Kohayn each morning was to clear away yesterday’s ashes. Then put two logs on the fire to keep the fire going. Each morning we need to make sure we have “cleared” all yesterdays’ issues and ashes, without letting our fire go out, without smothering our inner eternal “bren” — and then we are, each morning, to add to that fire, stoke our inner “tshukah” so we can accomplish all we need to do that day.)