Days of Awe (Friday)

The 10 days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are a time when we are supposed to be introspective. Think about what we did, and didn’t do. And reconcile.


Some people make lists

what they did what they’ll do

they list intentions

some people know exactly what they

want when they shop.

I have been collecting

other people’s lists

forever.  Sometimes they leave them

in their shopping carts.

Someone  wrote once

milk eggs orange juice

divorce. Maybe this year I’ll

write my own list. Not of intentions

exactly.  Just a few good words.



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. One of my favorite stories about a list is the following. Abba Eban was of course known as a great orator, in many languages. I was once at an event in Tel Aviv where he was the keynote speaker. Always speaking without a text, he once left what appeared to be the notes for his presentation at the podium. After the hall cleared out, Drora Kass (one of your favorite people) and I rushed up to the podium to see how Eban prepared for his speeches. And what did we find – the shopping list that his wife had prepared for him.

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