Hold the vegetables, or: Salted with my tears

I learned how to make matzah brei from Papa z"l. This is a very fond childhood memory of mine and remains one of my favorite Pesach foods even today.

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;… Continue reading Hold the vegetables, or: Salted with my tears

Delicious, or: Nutritious

An American sentence Hints of spice add flavor to heaping spoonfuls of hearty, boring words. What's an 'American Sentence'? Allen Ginsberg, inventor of the American Sentence, felt that the haiku didn’t work as well in English. Ginsberg decided to remove the line structure of the haiku, maintaining the requirement of 17 syllables total. He felt… Continue reading Delicious, or: Nutritious

Halal, or: Kosher

An American sentence The halal hamburger tasted kosher, but the café had no beer. What's an 'American Sentence'? Allen Ginsberg, inventor of the American Sentence, felt that the haiku didn’t work as well in English. Ginsberg decided to remove the line structure of the haiku, maintaining the requirement of 17 syllables total. He felt that… Continue reading Halal, or: Kosher

Icing, or: The cake

My 2nd Alliterisen Baking blueberry pie was Fay's forté Her heavenly skills were well-known throughout New York Her cherry chews and crispy cookies Were wonderful; but Bob most savored her cakes She surely knew how to tease him Promising pound cake, carrot, and chiffon Mulberry muffins caused their bad breakup The Alliterisen The Alliterisen (Complex… Continue reading Icing, or: The cake

Snacks, or: Spiders

An Italian sonnet With eight legs, I compose my lines faster Than you primates can manage with your hands! Known as goliath bird-eater to fans, You may call me Mighty Spider Master. Mice and lizards know me as disaster When down in burrow lined with my silk strands. Fool humans fear my large poisonous fangs...… Continue reading Snacks, or: Spiders