Libations, or: Liberation

An Alliterisen Silly sprites and dancing dryads rejoice Flighty flitting faeries hug towering titans Leprechauns leap by greasy goblins Delighted dwarves feast upon luscious lamp chops Brownies boogie to sirens' song Knowing noble knight stands, self-satisfied Sadistic sorcerer now never more The Alliterisen The Alliterisen (Complex and Rhyming), a form created by Udit Bhatia, is a… Continue reading Libations, or: Liberation

Spit, or: Swallow

A limerick Trigger warning: Domestic abuse Learning just how to scream Hades' name was Persephone's debasing shame. While tending to his needs, she swallowed only six seeds, cuz she always pulled back when he came. d'Verse poetics: Persephone At d'Verse, we were prompted to take inspiration from the Greek myth of Persephone and write a… Continue reading Spit, or: Swallow

Tech support, or: Emet (compiled)

A mystical Rabbi from Prague Taught philosophy weekly by vlog; 'Twas recorded by Golem, Who managed the forum From the back of Old-New Synagogue The great Sage, in slow, measured breaths Gave new meanings to old Shibboleths But this so flustered Golem That none could control him And the truth thus became Golem's death Came… Continue reading Tech support, or: Emet (compiled)

Wherefore ‘ben Alexander’?

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’?

Fairies, or: Favors

On Friday, our six-year-old lost her 7th and 8th baby teeth within the span of a few hours. The first had been noticeably wobbling so we weren't surprised at the event when she bit down into a crunchy cookie, but the second one came out unexpectedly, while we were having Shabbat dinner. We were both… Continue reading Fairies, or: Favors

Pleiades, or: ‘Whatever’

Pleiades - a poetic form Only one word is allowed in the title of the poem, followed by a single seven-line stanza. The first word in each line begins with the same letter as the title. The line length is restricted to six syllables. The poetic form is aptly named: the seven lines can be… Continue reading Pleiades, or: ‘Whatever’