Hebrew School

Jaclyn Friedman <jaclynf@thecia.net>

I.

in hebrew school

we learned

Not

to say the name of god

(not knowing what happened if we did)

we prayed our best

phonetically

adonai eloheinu

avenu malkenu

kadosh adonai

our

silent

prayers

sank

with what we couldn’t say aloud

 

II.

there were no better names for

me

only

different

keep your elbows in

bull in a china shop

ahead of your time

fifteen going on

fifty

too big for your britches

klutz

ten pounds of potatoes in a five pound sack

grandpa used to say

and everyone would laugh

but me

 

 

III.

I cannot tell you my name

Instead I tell you

words

never rub like realities

touch like terrified strangers on trains.

and

I have always been

like G-d

and

I do not

know how

now

to stop.

 


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