Israel

Insoluble

Blue sky, white clouds, yellow sun,
green flowers, orange flames, red balloons –
my Rubik’s Cube sat unsolved for forty years
until my grandson, whose name means heart,
held it … Read more

The Cook

She says I don’t worry about the war.
I am safe in the hands of God,
who is wholly good and does only good.
I look at her moist, gleaming … Read more

Avigail Idan

A little lamb with wavy hair—
the photo on screens for fifty days. Men
in black balaclavas, guns
exploding, had swarmed her farm, killed
her father. Trying to protect, he … Read more

Dust and Ashes

Where is Abraham
who knew God better than God knew himself
who reminded God
how it would diminish him not to save
the countless guilty
for the sake of argument … Read more

A god so missed a missile

 

It never turns out well when gods doze
    at the universal wheel. I believe in deities
as almost all folks have. From Zeus to Atlas,

all down the hierarchy … Read more

Energy

The Times of Israel

My energy has been kidnapped.
It sits in a dark tunnel, and waits,
eyeless in Gaza.

While I, bereft of energy,
sit in my salon and … Read more

Peace

 

Image by Gidon Pico (Pixabay)

You won’t find me in the pin on your chest,
Nor amidst your flags fluttering in the streets.
I escaped the dark abyss long … Read more

Simchat Torah, 5784

 

On Simchat Torah, we wound the scroll,
four handles between us all
to bear the fallen stone of our story
back to its origin—back to its place

of honour—like … Read more

Preservation

 

The images stand between him and the rest of a life
that began again in the long crossing.

On the edge of a pit, he starts snapping heirlooms.
I … Read more

Writing About War

 

Everyone is Writing About War
About the arbitrariness of it—
the innocents killed or displaced
by angry men,
and make no mistake, these are men,
even the men who … Read more