Mothers feeling chilly

Sweater, n.: garment worn by child when its mother is feeling chilly. -Ambrose Bierce (1842 โ€“ 1914) This last week has been the rainiest week this winter in Jerusalem, as I more or less expected. The pattern of recent years seems to be that winter spends all of December and January battling autumn for dominance… Continue reading Mothers feeling chilly

Earthquake, or: Flash flood

Poetry Partners #163 'Earthquake', a Septolet by Kaci Rigney rumbling, rolling rubble scattering stumbling shaking ripples fracture the California streets rife with panic Kaci Rigney: https://kacirigney.com/ 'Flash Flood', a Septolet by ben Alexander of โ€˜The Skepticโ€™s Kaddishโ€™ skies tear open flashing eyes scan torrents raging, ripping, sweeping, smashing, crushing Negev hikers

You cannot change any society unless…

You cannot change any society unless you take responsibility for it, unless you see yourself as belonging to it and responsible for changing it. -Grace Lee Boggs (1915 โ€“ 2015) Let's be real. Most of us will never change our societies in any substantial way. I will never make any great impact upon Israeli society,… Continue reading You cannot change any society unless…

Shattered, or: Built anew

A 'Garland' Shadorma I've returned from imposed exile that my child may belong that she never need reclaim a lost legacy even as freedom's native son belonging eludes me pulled between societies nearly stretched to shreds homeland-born never asked to be raised away far, so far, from grandparents, aunts, cousins from my truest self the… Continue reading Shattered, or: Built anew

Jerusalem morn, or: Mourn

A series of chain verse haiku Jerusalem morn mourners to be cannot know no normal morn this this rough desert plant planted bombs hidden by leaves leave many wounded dead innocent child child lost to destroyed mother there at the bus stop Terrorist bombing in Jerusalem This morning, 16-year-old Aryeh Shechopek, a Canadian Israeli, was… Continue reading Jerusalem morn, or: Mourn

Anti-Netanyahu voting strategy

The one voting issue Israelis will go to the polls on November 1st for the fifth time in ~3.5 years. I won't rehash our recent electoral history, other than to say that this insanity of going to vote over and over again revolves entirely around one individual: former Prime Minister Benjamin "Bibi" Netanyahu. Putting aside… Continue reading Anti-Netanyahu voting strategy

Looks, swims, quacks, or: Silly goose

A Choka even though I'm blessed even though it gives me pride even for a cause even with kind, friendly folks even for good pay even with a strong union even close to home even at a storied site It feels much like work to me Choka? The most intricate Japanese Poetry form is the… Continue reading Looks, swims, quacks, or: Silly goose

Jerusalem, or: Haifa

I cheated on Jerusalem with Haifa of the free; free; free of strife, of tension, not to mention: of hostility; Floating in Haifa, 'pon the sea, squinting at the sun, one with wave breaks, done playing brave; beaming, having fun; I cheated on Jerusalem with Haifa for a time, time, time; heart charting its smooth… Continue reading Jerusalem, or: Haifa