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Poetica Magazine, Contemporary Jewish Writing


Growing up in Chicago, IL, Arona Fay Roshal’s parents nurtured her writing and acting talents. Readers are entertained and delighted by Arona’s experimentation with language and poetic structures. As a featured artist at a St. Paul, MN Artist Salon, she presented her ekphrasis poems.


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Teachings
Arona Fay Roshal

Dedicated to my mommy (z”l) and daddy (z”l) and members of Tea & Kaddish


מודה אני...

by my father

I was taught.


And

at ease stand

And

fulcrums

And

checkers and chess strategy

And

פרי הגפן

And

tic-tac-toe

in your head

And

riding a

boy’s bike

And

המבדיל בן…

And

telling time with

a sundial

And

teeter-

totters

And

using a

dictionary

And

שמע ישראל.


And

my father died.


יתגדל ויתקדש...

by my mother

I was taught.


And

the show

must go on

And

VA

benefits

And

family

ties

And

יזכר

And

Sholem Aleichem

stories

And

lifelong

friendships

And

to be a

מענטש

And

comic timing

And

city

bus routes

And

Zionism

And

hand written

thank-you notes

And

life

goes on

And

ידישקייט.


And

my mother died.


כל תלמידי...

by me

others were taught.


And

take a breath

And

tea

comforts

And

cherish

memories

And

the role of

מנין

And

some flowers

you eat

And

Pesach

preparations

And

relaxation

And

keeping

confidences

And

גוט יום-טוב

And

Purim

merriment

And

being

thankful

And

knaidel

secrets


And

sharing

stories

And

life’s

riches

And

אשרי.


And

learning didn’t die.


סעודט הבראה

with others

I was taught.


And

say what

you mean

And

crying is okay

And

patience

And

gravestone

unveiling

And

מנהגים

And

laughing is healing

And

books to read

And

bargain

hunting

And

sewing tricks

And

אושפיזין

And

welcoming

hugs

And

the art

of listening

And

visiting

the sick

And

forgiving

And

asking

for help

And

life

is good.


And

לדור ודור...