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CUTTING ROOM by Jessica de Koninck



The first full collection of poems by our editorial board member. Jessica is a retired attorney and president of the Montclair, New Jersey Board of Education. Her poems have frequently appeared in our pages.


Not the vestiges of Wall
pressed with paper prayers
Not the Temple, the dome, the rock
Not the line for women
the line for men

Not headscarves
Not orange groves
Not the Arab quarter
the Jewish quarter
the twelve stations of the Cross

Not the Cross
nor wood
nor nails
Not the monastery in the valley
across from the Knesset
Not Yad Vashem
nor the Six Million

Not Ishmael, not Isaac
Not olive trees, not land

But a quiet booth
at a diner
in Maplewood, New Jersey
a bowl of soup
a buttered roll
a cup of tea

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