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Two Poems by Donna Spruijt-Metz

Day 4 of the Israel-Hamas War


               —Dana Levin

It is 7:57 pm PST, October 10th, 2023

and I have lived through this day—

I weep from room to room—


It is taught that prayers

said in community

are multicolored—while

individual prayers are monochrome.


We tinker—we are

haphazard technicians—

God is what we need, and fast. *

All Gods welcome.




*from Adélia Prado

On Day 17 of the Israel-Hamas War—She Asks Me

How do you feel

about chestnuts


in mid-autumn



I tell her

I feel great about chestnuts—


their delicate flavor

in this season of war.

Donna Spruijt-Metz

Donna Spruijt-Metz, author of General Release from the Beginning of the World (Parlor Press, 2023), emeritus psychology professor, MacDowell fellow, rabbinical school drop-out, and former classical flutist, was featured in Poets & Writers "5 Over 50: 2023." Chapbooks include Slippery Surfaces (Finishing Line Press, 2019), And Haunt the World, a collaboration with Flower Conroy (Ghost City Press, 2021), and Dear Ghost, winner of the Harbor Review Editor’s Prize (Small Harbor Publishing, 2023).



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