The young age of forty-two

Reasons for global immigration Push factors Push factors are reasons that compel or push people to leave the area of where they reside and settle someplace else. Common factors can include armed conflict, disaster exposure, gender inequality, lack of job opportunities, political corruption, and lack of access to competent healthcare and education. In simple terms,… Continue reading The young age of forty-two

Privilege, or: Responsibility

Poetry Partners #80 'The wonders of the world', a poem by Sarah Cope of 'My Endometriosis Story' The clouds barrel into the pools of blue, crashing into golden sunlight streaks piercing through the sky, A canvas of colour full of shades you cannot clarify, As it floats by just above the likes of you and… Continue reading Privilege, or: Responsibility

Blues, or: Soul

Poetry Partners #77 'With tears from dear', a poem by Henry Mworia of 'Veteran Writes' Emotions say you are a stranger. Alone I must be they tell me. Being apart will stop my heart. Drizzling notions of doubt or despair Rain at a pace similar to no other. Iโ€™m unable to see you split in… Continue reading Blues, or: Soul

Ukraine’s skies, or: Teddy bears

An ekphrastic poem A crystalline Art: 'Daddy's girl' by Vika Muse Papa, do you remember our clouds that looked like giant teddy bears? Though I fled Ukraine weeks ago, our dear teddy bears followed me here. Do you still look up at Ukraine's skies? I know our bears are watching you. I know because when… Continue reading Ukraine’s skies, or: Teddy bears

With and for the hope of your nation

dโ€™Verse prosery During these darkest days, child, you must allow yourself to talk what you please of future spring; and sun-warmโ€™d sweet tomorrow will, in this very way, become reality. Yes, the Russians invaded your home and murdered your family; they've raped and tortured your neighbors; they've decimated your city. Yes, much of your country… Continue reading With and for the hope of your nation

I got a new job!

A big step forward After seven-and-a-half years of working in communications for an NGO that advocates for religious freedom in Israel, I've accepted a grant writing position with the Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI); my official start date is Sunday, May 8th. Change is never easy, of course, and I am incredibly fond of my… Continue reading I got a new job!

Just a number? or: Late to my party

Sevenling (At twenty) At twenty, I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life; at thirty, I was excited to pursue my dreams; at forty, I felt broken. At twenty, I was studying engineering in college; at thirty, I was studying Torah in Israel; at forty, I studied my belly button. Fifty?… Continue reading Just a number? or: Late to my party

The Quintilla, or: Form verses creativity

Sangeetha & David's new poetry project Once upon a time, two poets who'd never met in person spontaneously began writing verses back and forth to one another over the Internet. Their first poetry project took them some nine months: a 100 verse Hyakuin. Once they'd completed their oeuvre, the two decided to continue their creative… Continue reading The Quintilla, or: Form verses creativity