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Esther's Writing Works
In My Dream

Poetry covers the earth
like a down blanket
that warms
fingers in Afghanistan,
Uzbekistan, Georgia,
the West Bank, Gaza,
Israel, Africa,
Bosnia,
the United States.

In my dream

Humility is a mansion
whose roof overseas
soldiers shedding guns
and whose rooms
house world leaders
shaking hands.

In my dream

Gentleness is no coward.
Love is borderless.
Beams of light have not replaced the two towers.
Danny Pearl is alive.

In my dream

Poetry raises children
who know peace.
                   - Esther Altshul Helfgott
Resiliency

A woman named
Resiliency
had no place
to write
so she found
a space
inside her mind.

It invited her: Come sit down,
bring your pad of paper
and your pen.
The woman
listened to her mind.

She gathered up supplies
and climbed onto a limb.
There she sat
and spoke unto herself.
She said to those who died:
Meet with me.

That night
they set upon her lids.
When they left,
she found a room
to write in.
           -Esther Altshul Helfgott


Pantoum for Uncle Izzy
This page was last updated: August 4, 2014
Bellingham, c 1972, Chuckanut Drive
THIS & THAT

Driving Home from Mother's House
Mouth
At Sixteen
From A Boy On A Dream Bed
Fragments from an Alzheimer's Journey
Poetry Reading


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Letter to Abe