I was rebuked on Twitter... Since the beginning of 2022, I've been actively responding to various poetry prompts on Twitter, many of which set particular word limits. One such prompt is the #4WordsPoet, which offers a new prompt word every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday; and - on February 4th the prompt word was 'enduringly', to… Continue reading Jews, #enduringly stubborn, survive
A hay(na)ku hate doesn't catalyze my creative processes Muri's "August Scavenger Hunt" As much as I love Murisopsis (and I do!), I'm not actively participating in her "August Scavenger Hunt" because I've been keeping myself busy by striving to get through an entire year's worth of #APoemADay on my Twitter account, on top of responding… Continue reading Hate, or: Meh…
I accept that I'm hated Antisemitism is all over the international news these days, but living in Israel, I don't have to face any of it directly. Still, I am pained to my core at what I've been reading in the press; and I am distressed that the idea of my traveling anywhere abroad feels… Continue reading Hated, but also loved
My 1st double acrostic poem How can you view me as nothing more than a cockroach? Unabashed, you respond, no... More like a dark, shaggy emu. Matter of fact, could you play dead for me like a possum? Alas, some others (but not I!) think of you as a wicked flea. Nevertheless, you blend in… Continue reading Dehumanization, or: Zoology
My 1st rhyming sestina Some people don't like the word Jew A label that fits me like comfy shoe Jews were murdered and made into glue Regarded as less than beasts at a zoo Blamed for both the plague and the flu In the end, though, it's the haters who stew Jewish cholent is a… Continue reading Rubber, or: Glue
Some basics of Jewish names Most Jewish people have Jewish names, which they use in religious contexts, although they do not necessarily go by them in public. Some Jewish names like mine (David) are universal enough, but others do not roll off the gentile tongue so easily. Jewish names are typically of Jewish languages: primarily… Continue reading Wherefore ‘ben Alexander’?
I shouldn't. There are lots of things I enjoy writing about, and antisemitism isn't one of them... not only because it's offensive to me, but also because it's been so foolishly baseless and unchanging at its core throughout the centuries. I find it inane and insulting to my intelligence, but its existence informs my identity;… Continue reading Insane antisemitism