A poem in blank verse
They met and married in the seventies, several years after their Aliyah from the Soviet Union, a regime which had stripped their families of Jewish knowledge and traditions. Very few Jews were granted visas for emigration in those years, as leaving the Mother Land was considered betrayal. Israel transformed them; they were reborn as free Jews. Identifying as non-religious, they nonetheless adopted a Jewish way of life. They gave up consuming meat with dairy, as well as pork; my Mama learned how to prepare some traditional Jewish dishes, which she then introduced him to. One Passover, she made matzah brie, which he loved, although he could have done without the added vegetables. That is the backstory to Passovers as I experienced them every year of my childhood. My Papa was two things: an early riser; a man of simple taste. Vegetables had no place in his matzah brie - only matzah, eggs, water, oil, a touch of salt. Oh, and mayonnaise - always mayonnaise. Mama never rose early enough to add vegetables. I dare say that matzah brie matters more to me than observing the Passover seder (heretic that I am). Every single morning of Passover, except Shabbat (religulous Jew that I am), I cook matzah brie for myself. My wife doesn't eat it, sadly, nor does our young daughter, although I hold out hope that she will prepare it for her children someday.
d’Verse poetics prompt – food!
At d’Verse, poets were encourage to write poems about food.
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