NaPoWriMo 2017: day 10

 


Passover in Eight Scenes 

I. 

parking my Mini 
at stop and shop,
a glittery 
black snood mom
pulls up, letting her 
teenage daughter out 
of the car, in a hurry 
(two hours to sunset)
"oh what did you forget?"
asks the rainbow shirt
Jew-by-choice (me)
and laughs
her daughter 
picks up celery 
and rushes out
I take longer to find 
horseradish root
and parsley,
glad I'm not the only 
last minute 
holiday shopper 

II.

getting home,
putting groceries 
away; making 
a seder in an hour 
and a half 
by myself 

completely last minute 

III.

greeting my love 
at the door 
"I made us a seder"

IV. 

the downside of professorhood;
teaching a late evening class 
on the first night of passover 
and not scheduling yourself 
a break because they want  
to learn what you can teach 

V. 

and 

in our post-election world 
passover seemed futile
we hadn't felt like planning 

VI. 

and 

after, I felt better
passover reminds us 
we've been here before 
we've resisted before 
we've lost and won 
and won and lost 

and still we're here 

VII. 

WE ARE STILL HERE 

VII. 

the four 
cups
of wine 
we drank 
during 
our seder 
didn't hurt 
either