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50 SHOFAR Winter 1993 Vol. 11, No. 2 REGRETS I I keep looking backwards, Stirring the embers of our love, Searching for poems in the ashes. II We used to speak face-to-face (Or so I thought), Baring the fears and dreams Behind our stoic masks. Now I must content myself With glimpses of your elegant back. III I played to you on my golden lyre And sang merrily like a child. You leaned back regally, Smiling as if charmedThen you hurled a javelin With all the strength of your long arms. Janet Ruth Hellerl IJanet Ruth Heller teaches literature and creative writing at Grand Valley State University in Michigan. Her poems and stories have appeared in Agada, Judaism, Lilith, Organic Gardening, Women, Light Year, The Writer, Modern Maturity, Our Mothers' Daughters, Wom.en's Glib, and Studies in American Jewish Literature. She is a founding mother of Primavera, an award-winning literary magazine based in Chicago. Her book, Coleridge, Lamb, Hazlitt, and the Reader of Drama, was published in 1990 by the University of Missouri Press. ...


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