Monday, June 10, 2013

Spring Loneliness

spring loneliness -
it falls short of the surf
this stone I toss
              Suzuki Masajo

autumn loneliness -
like saffron, cardamon, turmeric,
it comes with many tastes
this pot I stir
                Jiya

Cherry Blossoms

in the shadow of the cherry blossom
complete strangers
there are none......
                    Issa

we meet at Sinai
in the brilliance of revelation
there are no strangers
neither in time, nor space.
                      Jiya


Sunday, June 9, 2013

Gabriella

Gabby, Gabriella,
Haifa by the sea,

We shared a common desk,
Gabby, Gabriella,
Her blond braids,
I'd never seen anyone more beautiful.

Where Were You

And they will ask, "Where were you
during the holocaust of the animals?"

And they will ask "Do you recall Sobibor
when 600 calves, goats, ducks bit through the

barbed wire fences and fled to the Polish woods
to join the Partisans?"

And they will ask "Where were you
Grandma, Nana, Aji, Safta?

And you will say, "Don't worry your pretty
little heads my sweet ones.  I was at my

barbecue roasting one of their cousins."

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Saying Kaddish

Beyond all songs, all blessings,
beyond all praises, all comforts
let us praise your great name.

When diminished,
orphaned, enslaved,
let the heart swell up,
and praise your great name.

When outcast,
spurned, in despair,
let us find strength,
stand our ground,
and fuse with the Divine.


In spring,
frogs surface from their muddy ponds,
remember, you don't have to explain or apologize.
You are alive, one day you will go.


Saying Kaddish,
for our cherished expectations,
for our picture perfect life,
for how it should all unfold and on what timeline.