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VCU Menorah Review Summer/Fall 2011
Number 75
For the Enrichment of Jewish Thought

Two Poems

By Richard Sherwin

All night the outside
rain the roof tiles echoing
my hollow brainfall
youre home youre safe this moment
transient and glittering

singing above deaths
burden melodies whos such
to call designed or
unintelligent or nought
but sparks of darkness rubbing

words into meaning
less and more than lies the law
our blessing curse and
evaporated poem
our flood a stain of dried sweat


mad cows chomping my
synapses cud and asian
birds pecking my lungs
and scientists spraying my
guts with ddtd greens and

garbage polluting
the wells and now these wouldbe
irradiating what alls
left us who needs death to die

Im joining rainbow
peace movements everywhere so
fast I’ll be dodging
everything this lethal world
throws at my dekoshered ghost

worlds ends come and gone
and judgment in and we’re out
and I refuse to
compete with cockroaches and
rats for whats left of this rock

Richard Sherwin is associate professor of English (ret.) at Bar Ilan University, Israel, and poetry editor of Menorah Review.

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