Jane Medved

Yortzeit
by Jane Medved


 
Dear Angel of Death and your silent
orchestra, my brother got here first.
We disturb him, put on masks.
I’m not sure why, but it makes everyone

feel better. Dear feelings, who left
the plastic bag with two candles,
one still burning? Dear matches,
I am thinking of catastrophic fires

started by good intentions. Dear trees,
dear riddle of wind, there is only half
a dedication. Move over. Make room
for more. My mother is joining.

Dear mother, there is space for you.
Do bones fight? Dear father, you died
on the twenty-second day of the omer,
in the week of irony. There are fifteen

psalms of ascension, but I never get through
all of them. Dear fifteen, you are only half
of God’s name, but maybe that’s enough.
And to the department of important dates,

the moon is your clerk, she hides from us.
And to the keeper of time, the sun is obedient.
I stand in the shade. I want to get away
from you. And to the stars, you are a map

drawn by ghosts. And to the conductor
of this dry day, we are confused. I am
confused. Take back your strings, your bow.
I have only one good deed to give you.

 

Published in Cider Press Review, Volume 23, Issue 1.

Jane MedvedJane Medved is the author of Deep Calls To Deep (winner of the Many Voices Project, New Rivers Press 2017) and the chapbook Olam, Shana, Nefesh (Finishing Line Press, 2014) Recent essays and poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Seneca Review, Gulf Coast On-Line, Guesthouse, Juked, The Cortland Review and The Tampa Review. Her translations of Hebrew poetry can be seen in Hayden’s Ferry Review, Copper Nickel and Cagibi. She is the poetry editor of the Ilanot Review, and a frequent teacher for WriteSpace, Jerusalem, as well as a visiting lecturer in the Graduate Creative Writing Program at Bar Ilan University, Tel Aviv.

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