Lynn Jenner

A Hassidic story might start . . .

A Hassidic story might start with trees and a problem

Once in Poland
or any other country with black trees,
a Jewish girl
needed to be someone else.    

involve water and someone taking heroic action

She bought a set of other people's clothes
which she hid under a rock
beside a deep pool in the woods.

One day she walked into the woods
changed into her new clothes
and left.

which might have miraculously ordinary results

The first day
was sailing in past Barrett's Reef
and seeing hills and houses.

The first summer
was the young man.
No-one else.
No words.

involve trees again

The first house
had a hill behind it, covered with trees.
He built a clothes line. Sheets
pulled away from this line
like sails.

and end with wind moving over water

Author’s Note


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