Magazine article Tikkun

Gardener in the Wild

Magazine article Tikkun

Gardener in the Wild

Article excerpt

You come out of the Torah, through

Russian pogroms and the fucking Nazis

and find yourself in Brooklyn worrying

over a natural world a world away.

For a Jewess, it's genocide and otherness

with no names of titans as a recompense,

as a boy gets, Einstein, Marx, Freud, etc.

The Jewess is a constant gardener of her

backyard plot. Now she is running inside,

half-cracked, menaced not by bees but

recollection. The sky was illuminated

gray and is darkening fast. Hours pass.

Now she is ginned up and running back

out there, trampling her living jewels.

Some as-yet green tomatoes will survive

this rampage, her heels a softer hell

than hail. …

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