Yom Kippur

On this holy day of atonement,
I despise the guilt I inherit
from my dead parents, passed
like a Torah unfurled.
                                    Jewish
because I had to be something
no real say in the matter.
                                    Fearing
illogically the book of life
closed another year
my name missing
relieved when the sun sets
my sins absolved.
Baruch Atah Adonai, Eloheinu Melech Ha’Olam…

David Colodney is the author of the chapbook, Mimeograph (Finishing Line Press, 2020). A two-time Pushcart nominee, his poems have appeared in The South Carolina Review, Panoply, Eunoia Review, Causeway Lit, and The Chaffin Journal, among others. David holds an MFA from Converse College, and lives in Boynton Beach, Florida, with his wife, three sons, and Golden Retriever.

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1 Response to Yom Kippur

  1. L.K. Latham says:

    Holidays: They are the same for all the same reasons.

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