By illustrators of the 1728 Figures de la Bible, Gerard Hoet (1648–1733) and others, published by P. de Hondt in The Hague in 1728 [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Memories of father

Memories of father
of the shtetl
stern and steady
a greatness there
taken from us

a soul takes fleeting refuge
here treading the abyss

archangel can rejoin
heaven’s hosts he commands
leaving me forlorn
aching heart and trembling hands

FATHER … ask

be I the deluge
be I the promise?

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