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

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

“Obligatory”
His heart’s soul
Carved a cavalier
Swastika
In mine
When
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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