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  • The Nameless One
  • Shirley Adelman (bio)

Who was she, my father's mother?     What was her name? Her eyes, were they blue or green,     like my father's, like mine?

Did she sing her babes to sleep,     or cry nursing the last born? Cry until the season changed, when they locked her in a madhouse,     somewhere in Russia,     before the pogroms.

Being a sack of potatoes would have been better, than a woman so sad, she was swept away,     like yesterday's dust.

Shirley Adelman

Shirley Adelman’s work has been published in a number of journals, including Jewish Affairs, Canadian Woman Studies, Blue Collar Review, 13th Moon, Lilliput Review, The Aurorean, Cotyledon and Kaleidoscope. Her story “My Mother’s Eyes” received Honorable Mention in the Dora Teitelboim Center for Yiddish Culture’s Fifth Annual Jewish Cultural Writing Contest and was published by Jewish Currents. Ms. Adelman is the mother of two adult children whose company she treasures.



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