- Song for Miriam
Teach the expression of triumphal joy and be a figure that is forever tribally correct but next time the sea opens and closes include the menfolk when you dance God's praise to spare your daughters separate seating in the synagogue, separate standing at the Western Wall.
Sing the rebellionburied in your name but show your daughters how to live their lives [End Page 30] as sparks descended from the Shekhinah— radiant pinpoints that cluster like stars, prophesy wonders, reenter the dark.
Joanne Seltzer, Schenectady, New York, was born and raised in Detroit, graduated from the University of Michigan, then moved east. She holds an M.A. in English from The College of Saint Rose in Albany, New York. Her poems have appeared in many periodicals including The Village Voice, Hadassah Magazine, and Jewish Women's Literary Annual and are included in many anthologies. She has also published short fiction and three poetry chapbooks.