Magazine article Tikkun

Sister Poem

Magazine article Tikkun

Sister Poem

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My sister was a Unitarian,

she loved life, the God-given gift of the world.

She did not need Paradise to make her a Christian,

thought all religions that promised Paradise

offered a business relationship with a jealous God.

She made a funny face at the mention of early martyrs

who preferred to be fresh meat for lions

to living in the world, likely as slaves,

rather than praying for show to the Gods

Trajan or Emperor Augustus.

Her Lord preferred His followers deny Him

rather than sacrifice their lives,

He wanted the living to live, love strangers,

their neighbors, the Beatitudes.

She certainly thought it wise to hide your Judaism

from the public fires of the Inquisition;

she damned the excommunicators of Spinoza,

believed in doing what you could honorably do

to stay out of cattle cars.

When I was a small child

I thought my sister Lilly

was mysteriously related to waterlilies,

daylilies, lilies of the valley.

Imitating her handwriting, I made my first 6 and l.

I am ashamed, when I was seven, she was four years older,

I wrestled her to the ground to show I was stronger,

proof the state is stronger than language. …

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