“After a Week of Shots Fired, I Go to Services” by Deborah Bacharach


After a Week of Shots Fired, I Go to Services

Jesse with closed eyes and sway
Jesse with his long hair, feet bare
so young

Ufros aleino he sings
slowly like a quilt on the line

Ufros aleino we sing
holding the notes like the willow tree
holds the bank

Spread over us
I yearn to bring
the canopy
around my shoulders
sukkat shlomecha
the shelter of peace

I feel the dark settle in
I feel my breath sink into my hips
I feel my daughter lean
warm against my arm

Deborah Bacharach

Deborah Bacharach is the author of After I Stop Lying (Cherry Grove Collections, 2015). A two-time nominee for the Pushcart Prize, her work has appeared in The Antigonish Review, Blue Mesa Review, Calyx, and Dunes among many others. Find out more about her at DeborahBacharach.com.

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