Almost Passover


Does almost count?

A question with no answer.


As part of Unbridled Grandiosity

possible side effect of my new sleeping pill

I dreamt a whole carp

swam in the bathtub just like my

grandmother Rivkas and I would

make the carp into

delicious gefilte fish.  That I don’t know how

doesn’t matter.


Today I’ll grate  horseradish and add

vinegar and water.  That’s all.

Horseradish good on anything.


We will avoid the word plague

this year.  Starting tomorrow.


Other words might be better.

Like help. And workers.

And prayers.

And we are all of us now.


Esther Cohen
Let me tell you why I'm here, and why I hope you'll join me. I am here to poem, to play with words, to tell stories when I can, and to ask you for yours. Words are what I love, how I see, and what I say. Words are how I know my life, and how I find my friends. I'm here to ask you to join me. Right here. To send me your stories, and your poems. And to read mine when you can.


  1. When I was a child, I never saw a carp in a bathtub. Gefilte fish always came in jars. As for “almost”, what I remember is “Almost doesn’t count, except in horseshoes”. When I looked it up on Google, I discovered that the expression that appears is “Almost doesn’t count except in horseshoes and HAND GRENADES”! Somehow, the hand grenades were dropped in my peace loving home, or maybe they were only added to the expression later.

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