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  • Redigging the Wells of My Ancestors

           

    “Isaac dug anew the wells which had been dug in the days of his father Abraham and which the Philistines had stopped up after Abraham’s death;”  Toldot, Gen: 26:19

    What have we lost?
    What can be reclaimed?
    Not wealth grasped
    in the hand, nor life
    that defies death.

    Digging in this rocky soil
    redigging the wells
    of my ancestors,
    I hear their whispered
    questions rising.

    The sweet waters pool
    in the trembling darkness
    far below.
                                12/2/2011

  • The Secret Life of Words

    More than half-way through the movie
    the woman—survivor of atrocities
    during the Balkan wars—breaks
    her silence to tell the burn
    patient she bathes
    her story.

    Unable to close our ears or eyes,
    so joined are we to their fortunes,
    we take in her wounded words, his
    tears—staring and clutching each
    other—your arm, my knee….

    It’s a suffering that keeps throbbing
    at midnight as we lie down
    wrapped in questions,
    and wake at dawn seeking
    each other’s soothing

    hands across our backs
    and breasts, our faces….
    What goodness can possibly
    equal the cruelty she suffered?
    What gentleness can surpass

    the raw horrific warp of it? 
    Your sudden weeping? 
    My whispered comfort words?  
    Do I have the right to say
    this?   Only kindness

    will save us.
                                        11/22/2009-11/11/2022

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