Sunday, November 06, 2005

Spouse as Home

I didn't know he
was my shul
my language
my mother tongue
and prayer
the zeyde I lost,
and bubbies
I never had.
Or that he was my homeland.
And exile.
My nakedness.

I didn’t know
when I met him
twenty five years ago
that I had needed
a place to
dwell
in.
Or that knowing
turned less
into more
And more
into
less.

Oh,
where
shall I dwell
when he’s
gone

Where
shall
I
when
he’s

Where
I

-Esther Altshul Helfgott

1 comment:

Pesha said...

Esther, I am so moved by the eloguence and poignancy of what you artfully leave unsaid.

I am trying to stand in that silence with you. I hope you can feel my presence.

Loce,

Pesha