Poetica Magazine

Poetica Magazine

Stripped Down

Marge Piercy

On Rosh Hashana it is inscribed

On Yom Kippur it is sealed…

At 85 how those works resonate.

Will I live to pray on another Yom

Kippur? Some by plague, it says

of the deaths coming this year.

A plague never was real to me

before now. Fire devours more

lives. I live in fear of it, while

drought kills frogs and trees.

Death has taken so many.

How can I not expect I may

be among them? I make what

amends I can. An isolated

solemnity weighs upon me all

this day without rabbi or cantor.

I speak sacred words into silence.

A Jew alone is incomplete.