Academic journal article Michigan Quarterly Review

"And the Darkness He Called Night"

Academic journal article Michigan Quarterly Review

"And the Darkness He Called Night"

Article excerpt

I was trying to keep things neat and shiny.

I had two sets of dishes, for love

and for hate. I kept them in separate cupboards.

Eat love and hate at the same meal

and you'll get punished.

The rabbis taught us the mathematics

of keeping separate. They divined

the micro-moment when day flips over into night:

when the third star presents itself in the sky.

They drew a line through that point like a longitude.

You must navigate the evening blessing

with precision, not one star too soon.

But night comes on slowly.

It takes all day.

When I couldn't love what I needed to,

it was shame that punished me. Was it visible,

the disgrace? Was it spreading?

I know a woman whose father was killed in a car crash.

She hated him. Oh how she hated him.

When the police called, she drove to the ditch

where his wrecked Chevy waited for the tow-truck. …

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