Jen Karetnick

by Jen Karetnick

To seal the mouth after the Seder meal
so that nothing unholy might enter
with the exception of two cups of wine
is what the Haggadah writes of matzoh—

digest a one-half egg volume portion.
Digest a one-half egg volume portion.

Then recite the prayer that turns dust to dough.
About such magic there’s just one question
for the ascetic skeptic to answer:
How do you measure an egg that’s partial,

how do you conjure solids to liquids?
This trap of estimation is mild
enough, but video game logic lies
ahead—to know something you must break it.

Eggs are like rules, good only through the cracks.
Eggs are like rules, good only through the cracks.

Take direction from the Furies and whisk
into three tablespoons, more or less.
Now you see. If the words are updated,
also risk the chosen, misunderstood gods.


Published in Cider Press Review, Volume 21, Issue 1.

Jen KaretnickJen Karetnick is the author of seven poetry collections, including The Treasures That Prevail (Whitepoint Press, September 2016).She is co-editor of SWWIM Every Day. Find her on Twitter @Kavetchnik. More at


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