Plymouth & Brockton

I sit on the bus Crammed into my seat with my backpack on the floor between my knees. My teenage son, close beside me, falls asleep on my shoulder. The rush hour traffic slows our progress as the night pulls us further away. I feel like we are runaways, only not, as we are heading toward the chaos I most wish to avoid. Each mile brings us nearer to the family we love Captured in Read More …

A Letter to My Son at Camp

Each night as I clean up from dinner I put away the serving which would have been yours. These few weeks  while long enough       for me to miss you and our night time talks      and the afternoons we carve out time to share popcorn and a movie, while long enough for the recycling bin to fill several times over      and for the dog to give up waiting for your Read More …

Inside Out

  I sit in the corner of the exam room watching the nurse palpate my sister’s breast. My own hand rests upon my belly feeling the steady thump of the child inside. We each have something growing inside us. We are each waiting to find out its name. Only I get to choose. Cells divide at a remarkably rapid rate. People ask us the same questions: When did you find out? How big is it? Read More …

Stranger Anxiety

Each morning I wake to a new boy     New size, new shape, new skills I don’t hear when they come to make the switch (although my dog has begun barking in the night). The changes are subtle. In my exhaustion I doubt myself     but I know yesterday’s boy couldn’t roll over. Where does one report such a thing? No matter — I always love the new one more. — Published in the Jewish Women’s Literary Read More …

Amichai

“Here: a present! For you,” she thrusts it into my hands. “See, it’s inscribed – signed by the poet himself!” “Thanks,” I say, smile, set the book aside. Tonight I read a poem in a magazine, and think of her. “I must call her, or send this to her. She would really like this!” Pleased to have something to share, I glance at the poet’s name; I have his autograph. —Published in the Jewish Women’s Read More …