Before Passover

We who are secular

we celebrate though

ten commandments don’t

have to be ten the word

commandment always a no

but the story leaving and coming

finding a place to belong

telling a story

another way there can always be

another ending maybe in this version

children will lead us strong children

Muslims Christians Jews Hindus march

into the dessert take us somewhere

we didn’t know instead of unleavened

anything we will eat Chinese almond cookies

tiramisu  celebrate what

can happen if we write a different ending

if we end with hope



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. Esther you will be happy to know that this beautiful poem will be read at our seders and at others who are so similarly moved…you truly are a blessing!!! anita

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