Even Though (Day Two of the New Year)

Even though it’s the first Tuesday

in October I am still hoping

winter is not the way I remember even though

we have the chance to reflect and atone I am

sitting on my brown leather couch  ordered

online from Vietnam the couch arrived as though

it belongs right here and it does even though I am not

reflecting or atoning or preparing for winter

I will go to the library for More Books meet

my friend Fran at Spa 32 friends for birthday dinner

even though I am not officially doing what I should be doing

who knows what that is maybe being in a Big Official Room

reflecting atoning preparing for winter or writing a small book

about the big subject of aging at the library instead of taking stacks

of other people’s books even though I now make lists

sometimes I have never made lists before my lists are words I like

and what I might do but probably won’t even though it’s a big year

5780 how big is that I will buy peaches if there are any left from summer

at the farmer’s market sometimes there are peaches even in early October

and I will play Shlomo Carlebach’s Rosh Hashanah music even though

he is not politically correct any more and read Other People’s Books in the park

if it’s a good day and continue with the lists as a way of reflection

and maybe even atonement even thought my words are more

thank you than sorry even though.


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. Dear Esther: I am so glad you can sit on a couch from Vietnam, meant perfectly for your home, with peaches– if that’s yet— allowed– on your new couch. And why doesn’t Yom Kippur come before Rosh Hashanah? It makes sense to me. Happy Birthdays planning birthdays in the park reading books or writing a book on aging not– like Colette and Cheri– I’m still recovering from. And yeah let’s head straight for gratefulness. And has Atonement ever been a good idea? Ancient. Yes. Good?

  2. love your very unadorned musings, dear esther. may it be a sweet year for you as you sit on your brown leather couch or a park bench.


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