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Chaim ben Avram is a writer from Philadelphia. He currently lives, writes, and teaches in Honolulu, Hawai’i.

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the sabbath river

Chaim ben Avram

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There is a ferry in my head twice damned—

two fronts, two worlds,
            it snows.

A pogrom is nearby
& land
grown down in snow,

unutterable snow.

The feel that snow whistles our parents’ names—

wind it welts and cools each blind blow,

            as moon
touched to the river’s quivering lip

retreats airless,

On the deck, the minyan conspires
to smother the Rebbe

his trilled prayer, the water we cross

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