Your father, or: Your faith

A ‘Magnetic Poem’ tanka

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tiny happy girl
you innocent joyful child
your father loves you
your faith fascinates me so
little blooming soul believes


  • For this poem, I decided to make use of the ‘Love Set’ on the Magnetic Poetry website;
    • This is only the 2nd time that I’ve used this set;
    • I think this is a brand new set of virtual magnets;
  • I once again opted for a tanka, rather than a haiku;
    • The extra two lines (14 syllables) provide a greater challenge, as well as a larger canvas;
  • This particular poem is a reflection of my love for my six-year-old daughter (obviously, right?);
  • I searched for and found the featured image only after I had written the entire tanka;
    • This is a free stock photo – it is not a photo of my daughter;
      • Back when she was born, we decided to keep photos of her offline.

Rubber, or: Glue

My 1st rhyming sestina

Some people don't like the word Jew 
A label that fits me like comfy shoe 
Jews were murdered and made into glue 
Regarded as less than beasts at a zoo 
Blamed for both the plague and the flu 
In the end, though, it's the haters who stew 

Jewish cholent is a magical stew
If you'd like some, just befriend a Jew 
It can cure both COVID and the flu
And when it spills, it won't stain your shoe
Come, let's pack some for a trip to the zoo
Food and family bind us like glue

From true history we cannot unglue
All began with primordial stew
We all got here by way of the zoo
European; African; Jew
Mortality fits us all like a shoe
And we die of the very same flus

There are always new strains of the flu
Viruses to human cell membranes glue
Vaccines help but cannot fully shoe
We are but chunks of meat in this stew
Asian; South American; Jew
Are we destined to live as if in a zoo?

It takes a great deal to get me zooed
I don't suffer much from brown bottle flu
My friends joke that I'm a Russian Jew
I reply that I'm rubber, they're glue
And we laugh over hearty Jew stew
The secret ingredient's sole of shoe

In the heat, men buzzing flies shoo
But not so those beasts at the zoo
Nor are they wont to sit and stew
Every species has its own flu 
DNA is a powerful glue 
Oceanian; North American; Jew 

Some racists claim diplomatic flu
When accused, they stand as if glued
Much abashed by this very proud Jew


  • My initial intentions in writing this poem were:
    1. Write a sestina that rhymes
    2. Write a poem about antisemitism
  • I deliberately used the word ‘Jew’ as one of the rhyming words; the other five words that rhymed with ‘Jew’ were picked at random.

Twitter poetry 2021: Week 17

My blogger-poet-friend Ingrid inspired me to create a Twitter account and start writing #APoemADay, which I began on January 1, 2021.

As time goes by, I am increasingly feeling that writing poetry defines me. I honestly can’t imagine how I’ll feel by the end of this year if I continue to stick to this commitment. It will be pretty awesome to look by at all of my poems come December 31st!

BTW, today marks the 1st anniversary of my 1st blog post here on the ‘Skeptic’s Kaddish’. Time flies when you’re having fun 🥳

Below is my 17th week of Twitter poems:

Shabbat Shalom from Jerusalem,

Impersonal, or: God

First matters too much, I -  
Second, too intimate, 
    You - 
like the rest, 
    aged bearded Jew -
like those before, doesn't even
like all that are
like him in
    way including -
no - just
he, him, third 
person is impersonal 
        enough for -
    for - description

Right, God? Right?
        Right? All just -
    just - characters 
Your play - second -
Your mind - intimate -
Your imagination 
so why -
        why - why - make it
    personal? why
        make it
person? He - 
him - different only
    insofar as every person 
different only
    from every other

Make it 
    Make it 
all just - 
he's just -
      - matter
Right, God? 
    Right? Right? Like
all the rest,
    aged bearded Jew -
Graying, withering, wondering
        whether words fray too 
        like the sinews of his - His -
    for he is matter 
    for unto matter
        he shall return
like those before 
like all that are
like Him


‘Open link night’

For the most recent ‘open link night’ I have decided to share a poem that I wrote nearly one year ago (in early June), not longer after I created this blog. In general, I don’t feel particularly comfortable writing free verse, and this was one of my earliest attempts at it.

Prime, or: Crime Minister

My 1st verso-rhyme

My pen's not for intrigue
~but~ I'm fuming
at our Prime Minister's
great arrogance;
insane power complex
ugly machinations;
and grievance dance!


The political insanity that Israel has been embroiled in for the past two years (four elections have been held during that time period!) is primarily Prime Minister Netanyahu’s fault from my perspective. This is not a matter of left- or right-wing politics. It’s a matter of an indicted Prime Minister facing trial and having lost the trust of the citizenry to the point that he cannot cobble together a stable governing coalition to remain in power.

The reason I say that that this is not about left- or right-wing politics is simple. There is no question that the majority of Israelis support a right-wing government; and the only reason that Israel doesn’t currently have one is because of Netanyahu. In other words, he is striving to keep himself in power at the expense of the well-being of the entire State of Israel.

There literally seem to be no limits whatsoever to the lengths that Netanyahu is willing to go to remain Prime Minister. He’s willing to lie; break the law; incite against government institutions; employ racist propaganda; prevent the passage of the state budget; you name it.

The Knesset hasn’t been able to pass a budget for two years(!), and, therefore, many critical government services haven’t been available to the weakest sectors of Israeli society. Last year, Netanyahu had the opportunity to pass a budget, which he had agreed to pass, and he didn’t. Why? Because preventing the passage of a budget was the only way for him to prevent another politician (Benny Gantz) from taking the reins of government.

I desperately hope that his politically disparate opponents manage to form a broad coalition and remove him from power. The coming several days are critical to this endeavor. A country’s politics must not be held hostage by, nor revolve around a single individual – the current, ongoing reality continues to do untold damage to the State of Israel, its people, and its democracy.


Netanyahu needs to go, Israel needs a reset – opinion

(written by the editor of the Jerusalem Post)