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"Moonlit Mikveh" by Joy Arbor

Moonlit Mikveh

       Bat Ayin, West Bank


                                                             Maybe teen girls steal


from the sleeping settlement


                                                                                                                        to the ancient mikveh


                    not to immerse for Hashem


                                                                                                        not to purify


                                                              but to pull the moon


                                                                                         by its lilystems


                                                                          into the serpents of their spines.

Joy Arbor

Joy Arbor is the author of the chapbook, Where Are You From, Originally? (Finishing Line Press, 2016). Her poems have won an Academy of American Poets Prize and been published recently in Atlanta Review, Pleiades, and Scoundrel Time. Joy is currently working on a full-length collection exploring the tension between being the granddaughter of a captain in Israel’s War of Independence and being a human rights advocate who has listened to the stories of Palestinians living in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. She lives in Davis, California with her husband and son. You can find her online at https://joyarbor.net/.



Joy Arbor