- Falling From the Sky, and: Contemporary Poets
Falling From the Sky
When we found out our daughter had gone deaf,I did not question God’s fairness—not out of faithbut becausemy whole lifeit had always seemedthat at the next momentterrible news would fall from the sky—as punishment, perhaps, for a particular transgressionbut more likelybecausewhatever you think could never happen—must happen.And in this way,you know clearlythere is a world you do not see. [End Page 150]
Has there ever been a group of agnosticsso intentupon meaningin every car door shuttingin the cold, each turnof a leaf as it descends.Do they believemore than us, dozing offin the back of the synagogue? [End Page 151]
Yehoshua November’s first book, God’s Optimism (Main Street Rag, 2010), was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in Poetry. His work has appeared in Prairie Schooner, the Sun, and Provincetown Arts. He teaches at Rutgers University and Touro College.