How Will We Pass Over This Time Together


Before: What Happened 

We usually say Passover celebrates

our liberation from the slavery in Egypt on the eve

of Exodus, sparing the first born.


Who and What We are Now

Now we  are all Egyptians and Jews

and every other possibility

all in this same unruly world viruses have

no preferences no better people

we who learned about Zoom apps wear

Zorro masks pulled over our mouths

clever Italian made one from sanitary

pads they stick right on we who now send one another

recipes and poems and call old friends we haven’t

seen in years like David Hawkins he lives in a small town in Maine

we talk for a solid hour we never could talk

for an hour before we who did not know that social and distancing

could be in the same sentence we who understand

workers at long last that we need workers to make

our lives so possible every single kind of worker

we who understand not just tonight this first night

of Passover that this world is now another world, and after

the Exodus from who we were and what we were too

we have the chance to become like the Jews so

long ago we have the chance to become better people,

kinder, better listeners,  more attentive to one another even more aware

of how much we need good leaders like Moses

and humor and meals, so many home cooked meals, especially delicious

soups, and breads (not today but other days) and all of us together

helping in so many ways  get to the other side.

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. Liked your post. Especially the idea that we are all in this together regardless or race, religion, financial status or educational level. I also liked you pointing out the positive sides. Becoming better friends, families closer together, opportunities to show kindnesses to our neighbors far and wide. To take up new hobbies or restart old ones. The time to become better people and closer to all humanity

  2. another touching poem that hit the particular spot of the moment.
    deep thanks, dear esther.
    have a wonderful passover, as it is today.


  3. I’m thinking of black America getting hit heavy and hard yet again
    It would appear never a passover for them. Those good nourishing foods you write of sharing, Esther. Now’s the time. Much Love!

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