Yom Kippur, XBox and Puberty

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Written by Lenore Weiss. Lenore is a first-time Jewrotica writer.

Rated RYom Kippur 2005, Yizkor (Memorial Service)

There’s a thumbnail

discarded on the floor

rolling into cat hair,

a tissue blown

into a tent of good-bye kisses.

The nail is

painted glow-in-the-dark and still pink,

reflects light, takes a curtain call. Gone.

I follow the Yizkor

meditation, my thoughts

wander to my new vibrator,

a molded purple plastic

water-proof super glide,

waiting for me at home

tucked between socks and panties

purchased the weekend before

while doing food shopping and going

for a walk with my friend and her dog,

the solemnity of making our days count.

I bless Ace Hardware for Double A batteries, enter

the High Holydays in a blaze.

Xbox Marks The Spot

The day after Thanksgiving

I’ll walk across the Great Mall,

use a credit card with a revolving account

turning pennies into gold and gold into health plans,

living at the edge of a culvert

where security systems cook dinners for the homeless,

taller than I ever thought possible, slinky,

my thighs like Sonya Blade in Mortal Kombat,

a member of my own Special Forces unit,

a knapsack of turkey bones wrapped in tinfoil—

Oh them bones, them precious bones

grow apartments from pizza crust.

I rub a mezuzah on the side of my computer,

conjure up Stephen Hawking on a good day

who stands at midnight in the Garden of Eden


what God was doing before he broke out the world.

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Lenore grew up in New York City, lived in the Windy City, and made her home in the Bay Area. Currently, she is getting southern exposure in Louisiana. Her collections include "Cutting Down the Last Tree on Easter Island" (West End Press, 2012), "Tap Dancing on the Silverado Trail" (Finishing Line Press, 2011), and “Sh’ma Yis’rael” (Pudding House Publications, 2007).