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The Little Review
Making No Compromises With the Public Taste
Poem for Saturday, Hillwood, The Collaborator 
Saturday, 4th August 2012 12:08 am

The One Who Turned Back
By Rachel Barenblat

Maybe you envisioned
your husband's grave
choked with weeds

maybe you knew
the Israelites would scorn
your foreign features

the sages say
God gave you four sons
because you wept as you left her

the pundits whisper
once Naomi was gone
you spread your legs for anyone

did the men of Moab
grind your body
like bruised corn

did you birth Goliath
and rend your garments
when you lost him too

did you live for centuries
destined for the sword
of one of David's men --

or did you bathe
your aging parents
and die a quiet spinster

comforted by the scent
of the wild rosemary
outside your childhood home?


From The Velveteen Rabbi.

I don't have a lot to report on this Friday which was pretty quiet and domestic, involving laundry and sorting clothes to donate to charity. I spent most of the morning working on a review of Deep Space Nine's "The Collaborator", had lunch with Adam when he got back from biking and running -- Daniel was busy with the new Skyrim game until later -- and took a walk on this rather hot afternoon.

Adam's girlfriend is going to take care of our house and cats while we're at the beach; she came over so we could show her where everything is, then she and Adam went to California Pizza Kitchen for dinner while the rest of us went to my parents'. Evening has involved watching Olympics, mostly swimming and trampoline which looks like the most fun sport ever. A few more Hillwood photos:


fannish5: Five characters who are the best in the world at what they do.
The all-girls edition, because I'm in the mood for it.
1. Sydney Fox, Relic Hunter
2. Buffy Summers, Buffy the Vampire Slayer
3. Cinnamon Carter, Mission: Impossible
4. Katara, Avatar: The Last Airbender
5. Katniss Everdeen, The Hunger Games
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