Sunday, October 28, 2018

May Their Memory (Poem)

Gerhard Richter, Kerze ("Candle"), 1983
Oil on Canvas
95 cm x 90 cm


Joyce Fienberg, 75
Richard Gottfried, 65
Rose Mallinger, 97
Jerry Rabinowitz, 66
Cecil Rosenthal, 59
David Rosenthal, 54
Bernice Simon, 84
Sylvan Simon, 86
Daniel Stein, 71
Melvin Wax, 88
Irving Younger, 69

Tree of Life, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, October 27, 2018
May their memory be for a blessing.


May Their Memory

May they go on
dreaming, these
faithful eleven —

"the regulars"
who opened doors
to one and all,

whose voices stilled
before Shabbat
began. O Tree of Life,

your Star of David
shattered, your limbs
rent in the peril

of prayers unheard.
Let us name them
and remember

the front-door greeters,
the first-to-arrive,
the synagogue-goers

bear-hugging in aisles,
the ones who helped
with everything.

May their memory
be our blessing.
Having seen their tears,

Your sorrow I saw.

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