Home, or: Comfort food

A Kwansaba

'Ah-khi (my brother),' says the falafel vendor
in Israel, 'hakol b'seder (all is okay).'
I'm adamant. Again, I stick the card
into the slot at the reader's bottom,
but it still doesn't work. I'm ashamed.
'Ah-khi,' he repeats, 'You can pay another
time.' What is a falafel between brothers?


The primary defining features of Kwansaba are:

  1. A celebration of family and African-American culture, a praise poem;
  2. A septastich, a poem in 7 lines;
  3. Measured by 7 words in each line;
  4. Written with no word exceeding 7 letters.

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d’Verse poetry prompt

‘Kwansaba & Blessings’

At d’Verse, poets were prompted to either: 1) write a Kwansaba poem, or 2) write a response poem to David Whyte’s Blessing for Light and Blessing for Sound poems, which you can read here.

Let’s write poetry together!

When it comes to partnership, some humans can make their lives alone – it’s possible. But creatively, it’s more like painting: you can’t just use the same colours in every painting. It’s just not an option. You can’t take the same photograph every time and live with art forms with no differences.

Ben Harper (b. 1969)

Would you like to create poetry with me and have a completed poem of yours featured here at the Skeptic’s Kaddish? I am very excited to have launched the ‘Poetry Partners’ initiative and am looking forward to meeting and creating with you… Check it out!

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