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                                           Contemporary Jewish Writing

Dr. Morry Edwards, PHDis a Licensed Psychologist and Biofeedback Practitioner for over 40 years.  His book,  MindBody Cancer Wellness: A Self-Help Stress Management Manual, is being updated and retitled Cancer Wellness A Toolbox for Finding Your Healing Path. He has a chapbook of poetry entitled Remembering Those Who Sleep Beyond the Dust – The Yarzheit Poems.

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Always January
Morry Edwards


The grey, cold day reflects the downcast mood.

January always brings, memories of mother’s last days.


Dreams tonight recall last January’s joyfulness

an unusual exception, when

Brother and Sister popped to Michigan for a

Surprise 70th Birthday celebration.

COVID was still in a remote Galaxy.

Though cold, the weather allowed us to romp through

SW Michigan: South Haven, Saugatuck, and Holland.

My wife’s impromptu felting seminar produced two unique hats.


This January brings mild weather, but more danger and uncertainty.

Though vaccines have arrived, our country is fractured.

Science has tried to prevail, but ignorance and fear

along with partisan politics obscure truth.

Whispers of Apocalypse waft in the wind,

political parties threaten chaos.

The transition of power is not without major rebellion.


I can never shake your memories in January as I

Recite Kaddish over Zoom Services.

The computer screen makes it mechanical and cold

despite the rabbi’s best efforts.


The holy words always trigger

deep emotions even after 23 years.


Yisgadal v'yiskadash sh'mei rabbaw…


The words flow off the tongue and

Linger in the air over electric candles.

Your presence quickly leaves,

The duty done for another year.