Jewish Poetry: “A Simple No” and “Obligatory” by Adam Breier

“A Simple No”
She knew at
When told she’d go to
For not
That they were

His heart’s soul
Carved a cavalier
In mine
After 20 years
Everything he did
When we were kids
Paled against
Everything he said
About Jews
Followed by
“But not you.”

Adam lives in Queens, NY. He is a high school principal in Brooklyn and has been writing poetry and short fiction for many years. Adam married his wife Liz in May 2012 and together, they have been exploring Judaism’s many denominations.

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