Purim Poem

Minor holiday
for so many years I
played Queen Esther
reading the first part I wrote
Beth Israel Synagogue Center
in Derby, Connecticut. How
life has changed. Today
for Purim the story will be
GET OUT Peele comedy about
race and race politics
a movie theater in Harlem
with the kids I will be
Another Esther there

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 bubby was born on Purim. She named her first child, Esther. That was my very dear grandmother. Her first child was Ruth., my mother, and I was her first child.

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