Bea Will Be 103 (Covid)

Every year we have an awards ceremony, The Clara Lemlich Awards, honoring women  in their 80’s 90’s and 100s for lifetime activism. This year we couldn’t meet but we called the women to see How They Are.  This morning I called Bea.  An early scientist.


Esther do you remember that I

will be 103 in June Bea said.  I’ve probably

got a better memory than you. By the way

my friend is here delivering groceries.

She’s a talented fashion photographer.

Maybe you need one.  What do you do?

I don’t remember.  Besides the Clara Lemlich

Awards.  Do you have a job?  I’m still

reading Science Books.  The more you learn

the better off you are.  I’ve been in my house

for 65 years.  You can come out here when

this is over.  Maybe for my birthday.  Bring a cake.

Everyone says don’t eat cake. They’re nuts. My

next door neighbor is a divorced man.  A non-fiction

book editor. He works from home.  Sometimes he does

some science books.  I think he’s in his sixties now.

He’s a little too young for me.

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.

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