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                                           Contemporary Jewish Writing

Cathleen Cohen was the 2019 Poet Laureate of Montgomery County, PA. She founded Artwell’s We the Poets program (www.theartwell.org.) Publications include poems in Apiary, Baltimore Review, Cagibi, One Art Journal, Passager, Philadelphia Stories and three books: Camera Obscura, Etching the Ghost and Sparks and Disperses.

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Bingo Night
Cathleen Cohen

Praise God in His sanctuary; Psalm 120

I’m wedged

between my mother and my son,

who scoot tokens on paper cards.

Voices rise whenever someone

arrives, as if returning from a cruise.

Willy, sit! How’s the shoulder?

Static hums from hearing aids

in the humid, carpeted room.

Souls condense on windows.

We’ve been here two hours, postponed

the market, the shoe store. B-18, I-9

booms the mic. Praise His name!

Mom extracts cookie lumps from her purse,

scatters crumbs over our sleeves, lifts

her cheek for my son’s kiss.

D-1! Someone shouts, A win!

Praise Him with lute and lyre,

with dance and drum.

Ah….flutes my son, joining

the elders who sing out

with voices, reedy and abundant.