Month: May 2016

Hotel Brindisi

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Many thanks to Route 7 Review for publishing the following poem in their May 2016 issue.

Hotel Brindisi

                                                                       –One Star, 1980

No fun befriending illness on the road

  scratchy sinus, itchy cough, aches and pains, the runs

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A fever comes, removes my clothes

  folds up all my maps and plans

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Dreams of travel travel back to home

  romance of discovery subsides

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I could die here—quiet, unseen, like those

  who make our beds, rinse our basins clean

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Tonight, I gargle with some stale Coca-Cola

  clutch another colon cramp, catch another fire

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The body always brings me back to now

  reminders always dripping off my brow

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One Prayer

One Prayer

Many thanks to Postcard Poems and Prose Magazine for publishing the following poem:

One Prayer

                                                              —Jerusalem 5740

I wait my turn, the western wall

  white shawls muffling

    gray beards mumbling

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I pen my prayer on a store receipt

  press it tight tween ancient stones

    tight among a hundred crumpled cries

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Some rabbi grabs my elbow

  drags me to a cave

     straps my arm in leather

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He chants a sacred melody 

  Adonai Elohanu, Adoni Echad

   one, we are one—everyone, everywhere

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The crowd with its long tradition

  me in this thin tefillin

    this rabbi with his open hand

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That early-morning Arab sipping tea

  demanding twenty shekels

    the pleasure of his plea

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We are all echad—one prayer

  one crescent, one star, one sphere