One Generation Removed
Lunacy: intermittent insanity once believed to
be related to phases of the moon
In the synagogue of the Ashkenazim, *
I ululate at night,
A lunatic from Libya,
One Generation removed.
I am the kaddish, a prayer of mourning.
I ache for the Jews of northern Africa,
living among white-skinned peoples.
I am the yarzheit ** candle
Europe will not light.
I am the unexpressed
guttural sounds of a
youngster, unsure of
her mother's voice.
I am the lost liturgies
of the desert winds,
the frayed edges of a tallit ***