So often it’s very difficult to have any idea what TO DO, especially if you are the TO DO type. Baltimore, Nepal, genocide anniversary, more. Many many years ago I had dinner with Nachum Goldman, a wise man and president of the World Zionist Congress. Israel was in the middle of war.
What do we do I asked him? For now he said we should listen to music. That night we went to Lincoln Center.

Baltimore riots
texted two people
in Baltimore more than that
hard to know what to do
hard to know how
to understand oppression and anger.
I posted a Facebook story
not sure why
I’ve started posting Facebook stories
holocaust survivor
reuniting with her Nazi guard
Some Facebook friends
said no. On Sunday we went
to a Times Square rally
100 years after Armenian genocide
remember remember
we won’t forget
their T-shirts said.
Forgetting isn’t the problem.
Forgetting isn’t the issue either.
I’m in the Doing Something
category. Hard
to know what to do.
Today what I did
and what I’ll do again
this is not a solution
not an answer either
listen to Tracy Chapman
singing Stand by Me.

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. I have chosen to NOT be overwhelmed,. I have picked 3 issues to stand for, our wounded soldiers, the environment and our politics. And I have chosen ONE organization for each of these areas to which I contribute. I have chosen to focus on the issues that mean most to me and keep my vision narrow. So, now, I think I’ll go listen to Taylor Swift and enjoy the rest of my day.

  2. That was a wonderful comment by Nachum Goldmann, that in face of it all, the thing to do is go listen to music. And then we take a deep breath, and act, each in our respective chosen areas of activity. And we give out proxies to others for the rest. I never heard Tracy Chapman sing Stand by Me, one of the songs I’ve sung the most myself,
    so I’m doing that now. Thanks Esther.

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