Dancing In Odessa

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Dancing In Odessa

Author’s Prayer
Dancing In Odessa
In Praise of Laughter
Aunt Rose
My Mother’s Tango
American Tourist
Dancing in Odessa

In a city made of seaweed we danced on a rooftop, my hands
under her breasts. Subtracting
day from day, I add this woman’s ankles

to my days of atonement, her lower lip, the formal bones of her face.
We were making love all evening –
I told her stories, their rituals of rain: happiness

is money, yes, but only the smallest coins.
She asked me to pray, to bow
towards Jerusalem. We bowed to the left, I saw

two bakeries, a shoe store; the smell of hay,
smell of horses and hay. When Moses
broke the sacred tablets on Sinai, the rich

picked the pieces carved with:
“adultery” and “kill” and “theft,”
the poor got only “No” “No” “No.”

I kissed the back of her neck, an elbow,
this woman whose forgetting is a plot against forgetting,
naked in her galoshes she waltzed

and even her cat waltzed.
She said: “All that is musical in us is memory” –
but I did not know English, I danced

sitting down, she straightened
and bent and straightened, a tremble of music
a tremble in her hand.

AuthorIlya Kaminsky
2018-08-21T17:22:38+00:00 August 23rd, 2014|Categories: Poetry, Blesok no. 97|0 Comments