By Jacob R. Moses
1. Toby Oh Benjamin - alas I’ve waited long Upon Masada, you captured my eyes Your shoulders were broad, muscular, and strong But I could see through your macho disguise When we met, you were battling your past One racked with heroin inside its blood Was not around to see this toxic fast Wished I could hold your hand when tears would flood But here you are, a new man has emerged Your soul more beautiful since we first kissed Those demons exorcised, dependence purged And here in Tel Aviv, I see your bliss Now that you’ve overcame impending doom I love you and want you to be my groom 2. Benji Tobias - man who soothed my memories When you wanted to die, it hurt my soul Depression was not your identity We helped each other stay healthy and whole This beauty within you was always there Jerusalem reflected in your glance I saw your brilliance under your red hair And gloomy as you were, I took a chance So here I sit, I’m listening with glee Asked this question I thought I’d never hear We’ve both been broken, but from what I see Cracks in our souls are what make us sincere Locked eyes and lips in Tzfat, we have been blessed I love you dearly; my answer is yes 3. ToBenji We gather here with two souls blessed by God Within both of you are true miracles Upon this altar, there is no facade Love story, so hopeful and lyrical When broken people have little to hide Love is the antidote that helps you mend You had to struggle and heal from inside But here you stand, your union - a godsend You sat in Eilat underneath the stars It set the stage for love and redemption Though both of you were wounded, left with scars You earned each other’s heart and affection “I do!” exclaimed, and now it shall be said Toby and Benji - I pronounce you wed
Jacob R. Moses (AKA Jack M. Freedman) is a poet and spoken word artist from Staten Island, NY. Publications featuring his work span fifteen countries. He penned the full-length poetry book, Grimoire (iiPublishing, 2021).