first edition | poetryby marcia falk
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First Edition features new original works by Northern California Jewish writers. Appearing the first issue of each month, it includes a poem and an excerpt from a novel or short story.
by marcia falk
A quorum of small black birds
settles on the birch outside the window:
ten of them, enough to pray
the most sacred prayers.
Whom do they beseech,
for what do they pray
with their too-toos
Do they ask for grace?
Cannot be. They already have it.
Do they seek forgiveness? For what?
They cannot help but do what birds do.
Do they need healing?
Perhaps one of them has broken a wing?
Or are they singing praises of the Creator?
Of the creation? Of the many ilks and
varieties of bird?
You would like to stay and find out
but you have no time this morning.
No time no time no time no time
chants our species.
Dit-dit-dit, dit-dit-dit, dit-dit-dit-dit
cry the birds as they fly away.
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