From the depths of blackness
where light no longer lingers
I heard the anguished cry of an animal.
full of remorse
bewildered and wounded.
The walls reverberated
shuddering and stunned
by the raw and ragged sound
of its ripped scab.
It took a dazed moment or two
to recognize that this straining twisting spiraling sound
growling from the depths
ripping the rib cage of pain
And then, at last, a shattered sigh –
followed by a hush
that only an echo of the bellowing
remained in my belly.
“FROM THE DEPTHS I HAVE CRIED OUT TO YOU, L-RD.” –PSALMS 130:1
THERE IS NO CORRECTION FOR THE DEFICIENCIES AND DEFECTS CAUSED BY ONE’S SINS OTHER THAN VIA AN AROUSAL OF THE “SUPERNAL DEPTHS.” WHEN FOR EXAMPLE A RIVER DRIES UP, THE ONLY WAY TO REPLENISH IT IS BY DIGGING DEEPLY INTO ITS UNDERLYING WELLSPRINGS – CONNECTING WITH THE SOURCE OF THE ORIGINAL FLOW. THIS IS THE IDEA BEHIND “FROM THE DEPTHS I HAVE CRIED OUT TO YOU, L-RD.” AND HOW DOES ONE GO ABOUT THIS? BY WAY OF CALLING TO G-D FROM THE DEPTHS OF THE HEART, MANIFEST ONLY AS A CRY AND NOT AS A SPOKEN WORD.
– Likutei Torah, Rosh HaShannah 54:3