More than anything I want to write about pussy willows.
I bought four bundles from Whole Foods.
My granddaughter patted them all weekend.
But I have pleasure interruptus.
Offensively defensive Israelis
keep building settlements.
threaten to boycott Israel.
In the Post-Gazette,
Mahmoud Abbas says no way
he will recognize Israel as a Jewish state.
On the radio,
an Irish-American journalist, who tried it,
says, Don’t wear a yarmulke in Sweden
if you don’t want to be pointed at,
have thugs get in your face.
So I look at my willows
and say to myself,
you are a fortunate person.
Israel, Presbyterians, Mahmoud Abbas, Sweden,
forget about it.
Then I walk outside
in my own neighborhood
and into a discussion
where someone I know is insisting
that the Jews killed Christ.
— Jamie Benjamin
Jamie Benjamin, an addictions counselor in private practice, lives in Squirrel Hill. She is a member of the Informal Madwomen poetry workshop.