Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Poem for Jerry Rabinowitz

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Poem for Jerry Rabinowitz

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Under the snow, the crisp clean

white snow, under the leaves

and the grass

and the mud, and clay and rocks

and under the sand sprinkled so

lovingly

under the plain pine board

and the star

under the tallis

under the crisp, white linen

and the knots

lovingly tied

are you resting?

Are you quietly looking up?

Is your brow now unfurrowed,

are your wounds now at peace?

Can you see up through the dark

to the bright blue of a winter sky,

or is it forever autumn when you dream?

Do you see up to the bird

on the bare branch, who sings

-piercing the quiet home wood?

Maybe you sit next to him

and toss your head back and

laugh like only you can do.

You say to him, "Hi Bir "

always making a nickname

for every person you greet

making them feel like

they are welcome, a friend

of yours, even if they're new. …

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