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Ps. 42-43: Like a Parched Doe

Gaya Aranoff Bernstein is a professor of pediatric endocrinology who has been on the faculty of Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons for over 30 years. She lives and works in New York City. Psalmsongs, Psalmsongs: A Gathering of Psalms (An Arthur Kurzweil Book, New York/Jerusalem, 2013) is her first book of poetry.


like a parched doe

near a cool stream

I thirst for the essence

of You

Your water

O my living God

I yearn to know



I felt close to You once

I remember the joy

of the presence of You

within me

stability  peace

was my daily bread

the holidays Sabbaths

the songs


and now I drink


am bereft

have no clue

cannot fathom

the depth of You


from deep within

I call to the void

in the forest the ocean

the sky

and I search and I wait

as I reach out to You

so desperate

for Your reply


don’t cry my soul

just praise my God

He hears me

He’ll reply


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