Saturday, January 9, 2016


When I was a child,
I thought that Yiddish was
Something you acquired
When you grew old,
Like grey hair.

All around me,
Old people spoke Yiddish.

Now, in my mind's ear,
All day long,
I hear the voices of my ancestors,
Speaking Yiddish.

And, although no one around me now
Speaks Yiddish,
I suddenly find I am speaking Yiddish -
Expressions I haven't heard in decades.

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