The Second Day of Passover (Staying Inside)

On the first day  we knew

what to do but the second day

after we’ve done what we know

(sing dayenu find a friend or two or family

talk about exodus ) then we invent  rituals (some of us

invent rituals all along) we read about

other people’s passovers my friend

Dorien described her first few years in Bergen Belsen

her mother wrote down what happened they made

matzah to share we talk about Exodus what

Exodus means  maybe we are exiting from this

awful time recognizing  what we were too caught up

to recognize before that we need all of us to change

this world  even when we’re inside thinking,

maybe even watching Akwafina: Nora from Queens

(wonderful by the way)  discussing  whether

Obama wants Elizabeth Warren for VP analyzing Bernie’s

withdrawal speech reading  overdue

library books when we’re inside making matzah ball soup

( too late for Chicken Fat. I won’t be next year) we see

spring outside the window  no matter what else happens

and maybe we, in the way of new rituals, describe this very spring.

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 do enjoy your dailies, Es. If I were a more spontaneous person I’d tell you so daily. Happy Passover. I am hearing more thoughtful discussions of it (radio) than usual, I think. Everyone is thoughtful now. (Though I have imagined a multitude drinking themselves -unthoughtfully – into round-the-clock stupors.) Sorry about the Zoom party. It was odd because I’d zoomed successfully fairly recently. Don’t take me off your list. Love to Pete (at hand) and the upstaters. Stay well.

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