She reminded us that for three
thousand years we washed the dead
and wound the ties that bound,
knotted them toward the heart-
Made the shin and tasted our salt.
You cannot imagine the weight of the dead.
How they hang in the air like lilac or fear-
One, two three- slipknot.
Three steel pails to cleanse my heart
Scorch her death mask into my synapses
Bury the moment where her passing hung on her face
Like a starched shirt
Part and move the ocean that separates me from conviction and grace
Woman who bore my father and gave him light.
Woman whose DNA is woven into my face and voice.
Child of the wild hearts- Vaudeville
There is a place in the bowels of the bone house
where the tile walls, yellow and shining
turn their faces to the women who wash.
The egg is broken and earth of Yisra’el placed upon you.
The Chevra Kadisha would not serve you as today you feed the flames,.
Hamakom yenacheim etchem betoch shaar avelei tziyon v’yerushalayim-