Join us on Monday at 6:30 at the Museum of the City of New York for the Clara Lemlich Awards, always my favorite night of the year. Women in their 80’s 90’s and 100’s are honored for lifetime activism.

Last night around 10 I called back Bea

to remind her to come to the awards ceremony

she won a few years ago for being a scientist

not many women scientists then

Bea still works a few days

I happen to be home is what she said

finishing a new book working at Hunter College doesn’t

drive any more  one of her friends can drive her car

they’d eaten an Italian meal last night I’m perfectly

fine said Bea it’s just the walking  I made a hair

appointment for Monday she said.  I don’t need

the car for that.  The subway’s fine.

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. Lovely! I too am so in admiration of women like Bea ( my step grandmothers
    name my Bea lived a long rich life on West End Ave. ). I’ll come on Monday,will try and bring Ruth..

  2. So glad I learned of your work from Letty and Bert yesterday evening at Leyla. I love this poem. So straight and present. Looking forward to reading a lot more!

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