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                                           Contemporary Jewish Writing

Gershon Ben-Avraham lives in Beersheba, Israel. He holds an MA in Philosophy from Temple University. His short story, “Yoineh Bodek,” (Image) received “Special Mention” in the Pushcart Prize XLlV: Best of the Small Presses 2020 Edition. Kelsay Books published his chapbook God’s Memory in 2021.

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The Sign
Gershon Ben-Avraham

We bring our years to an end as

a tale that is told.

—Psalm 90:9

The sign hung from two twisted gray cords

Pointing skyward, from a listing pole

Bent, buckled by years of rust and rain.

Pale peeling paint proclaimed: Hebrew Scribe.

A faded arrow etched beneath still

Visually signed the walker's way.

Bending forward and turning my head,

I looked for the place the arrow led—

A yellowed building. Stucco-shedding.

The setting sun lit faded letters

On dirtied window-glass: Mezuzahs.

Ketubahs. All Holy Books Repaired.

With a heart, less than a holy book,

With a soul in need of much repair,

I restarted my slow, stuttered stroll.

At home, cold water poured over my

Cold hands washed my worried walk away.

Sand. Scribbled on disremembered shores.