Other People’s Secrets (Book Doctor)

I like reading them though

their words aren’t mine, my own words harder

to find. Memoir today about a family who lived

a normal life, immigrants,  Jewish,  the daughter telling

the story learned after their death, found out

a rabbi married them on the Lower East Side,

signed their wedding certificate both parents lost families

to  Nazis she knew nothing when they were living

together raised in the Protestant church celebrated

Christian holidays for four years now she’s trying

to uncover the  truth to know what it means to be Christian

to be Jewish what it means to find the hidden story

and how that story will tell her who she is.

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. My husband found out a family secret when he was 19: his father was not his biological father, and his siblings were his half-siblings. It was a shock to him then and still at age 85 causes him to question things about his biological father and his other possible siblings and relatives. I hope my children will Research this part of their Inheritance.

    1. yes but it isn’t so easy to know who you are. most of our parents, especially those of us who come from immigrant families, most of our parents didn’t know the full stories, or didn’t tell us. and i do think every single family no matter how simple they seem is a complicated puzzle to unravel.

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