Mizmor L'David Anthology 

 


Poetica Magazine, Contemporary Jewish Writing


Carla Sarett's recent work appears in Third Wednesday, Hamilton Stone Review, Prole, isacoustic and elsewhere. Her essays have been nominated for Best American Essays and the Pushcart Prize. A Closet Feminist, her debut novel, will be published in 2022. Carla lives in San Francisco.

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Yom Kippur, Remotely
Carla Sarett


This young rabbi strums sweet tunes
on his Gibson guitar. They're radio-poppy.
He is joined by a chorus of women
dressed in white, atoning.

I forget when prayers changed, when
melodies lost their minor chords, their
Eastern gravity. No one wants the
ghetto sounds, the mournful chants

of bearded heavy-set Jews,
yarmulkes and shawls,
the unrecognizable faith of my
Russian great-grandfather.

He is buried in a town
whose name I never learned.
As for his first name, I
don't know it either.

But my great-grandfather
was a rabbi somewhere
and most of his children were
murdered. Of that, I am sure.