Purple sequins, or: Joyous memories

An Abhanga following her birthday young, joyous memories bounce at her Gymboree never to age her purple sequin dress amidst giggles and shouts left no possible doubts whose special day Abhanga? We write Abhanga in any number of 4-line stanzas with 6-6-6-4 syllables each. L2 and L3 rhyme. The end rhyme scheme is abbc. #TankaTuesday… Continue reading Purple sequins, or: Joyous memories

Winter, or: Spring

A haibun Next week, our 7-year-old daughter will have her first birthday party. We have, of course, celebrated her birthday at home every year, and she always gets more gifts from her parents and grandparents than she knows what to do with. However, this will be the first time that she'll ever have had a… Continue reading Winter, or: Spring

Whispered wonders, or: Dream Queen

A magnetic shadorma birthday girl, Dream Queen of kind world, plays; pretends; imagines adventuring, wings aglow, through whispered wonders Shadorma? a six-line stanza;syllable count: 3/5/3/3/7/5 per line, for a total of 26 syllables;a poem may consist of one stanza, or an unlimited number of stanzas (a series of shadormas). Magnetic poetry? Poetry constructed from words… Continue reading Whispered wonders, or: Dream Queen

Books for her 7th birthday

Our daughter will soon be seven-years-old; and this is only the second year that she's made any requests to us regarding birthday presents. Last year, for her 6th birthday, she asked us to gift her Disney princess dolls, which we ordered online. I wasn't entirely thrilled with that choice, but it was a totally reasonable… Continue reading Books for her 7th birthday

The Baby Jesus, or: Yeshu haTinok

An American sentence: If Christ was born on Christmas, his circumcision was held on New Year's. What's an 'American Sentence'? Allen Ginsberg, inventor of the American Sentence, felt that the haiku didnโ€™t work as well in English. Ginsberg decided to remove the line structure of the haiku, maintaining the requirement of 17 syllables total. He… Continue reading The Baby Jesus, or: Yeshu haTinok

No more tears, or: (Enough is enough)

Freezing at night, thawing during the day, enough to, well , I don't know, don't know, don't know , but the pressure changes were something awful, causing the tears to flow up through my trunk , into my limbs and throat so , , well,,, , I bought a stainless steel spile and brand new… Continue reading No more tears, or: (Enough is enough)

The best hamburger of my lifetime

Hamburgers with Papa One of my fondest recollections of Papa is his love of unhealthy food. This was one of the perks of having Papa pick me up from various afterschool activities and friends' houses - one could never know if he might be in the mood for hamburgers. Come to think of it, Papa… Continue reading The best hamburger of my lifetime

Today Papa did not turn 73

Today is Papa's birthday. In Jewish tradition, we tend to commemorate the dates (on the Hebrew calendar) of our loved ones' deaths, rather than their birthdays. Same goes for historic figures like our Jewish sages of the many centuries. Generally, as somebody who deeply appreciates and respects his people's traditions, I tend to think of… Continue reading Today Papa did not turn 73