Starched white suit, he wears
an olive oil can crown on his head,
carries challah as a scepter,
a scepter

mixes seeds blown from a thistle
rubbed on the honey sac of a bee
that leans toward Jerusalem,

where pebbles rotate in a circle,
strained rusted keys buried
in a mound,
a mound of salt

near a West Bank settlement,
a pail with yogurt from milk
of a black goat,
a goat’s

milk measured in a silver thimble
mixed in a cup with a broken rim
painted with a yellow asphodel,

of memory dipped in straw
beneath a twist of barbed wire
recorded in the crease of an eye,

inside the vessel of shimmering heat,
an Angel of Death rises from the desert
where the slaughter goes on and on
and on.

Chad Gadya

About Lenore Weiss

Lenore's collections include "Tap Dancing on the Silverado Trail" (2011) from Finishing Line Press, “Sh’ma Yis’rael” (2007) from Pudding House Publications, and "Cutting Down the Last Tree on Easter Island" (West End Press, 2012). Her writing has won recognition from Poets&Writers (finalist in California Voices contest) and as a finalist for Pablo Neruda Prize, Nimrod International Journal. The Society for Technical Communication has recognized her work regarding Technical Literacy in the schools. All material is copyrighted on this site and cannot be used without the author's permission.
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