As croaking frogs hopped up from river-mud
Esther Cameron is a poet, essayist, translator and editor living in Ma’ale Adumim. She is editor-in-chief of The Deronda Review (www.derondareview.org) and also has a multifaceted website, www.pointandcircumference.com. She has published translations of Paul Celan, Hamutal Bar-Yosef, Reuven Ben-Yosef, and Ruth Blumert. Her own books include Fortitude, or The Lost Language of Justice: Poems in Israel's Cause (Bitzaron Books, 2009) and Western Art and Jewish Presence in the Work of Paul Celan (Lexington Books, 2014). She recently published her Collected Works, including literary criticism, memoirs, shorter poems and an epic, under her imprint Of the Essence Press. You can visit Esther's blog at: https://esthercameron.weebly.com/blog
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The flame sent forth a voice
The brothers feared
Their hands against a brother, long ago,
So please read, comment, write for us — are you there?
And his illustrious career began,
Into this world so rankly overgrown
Of course, there are pitfalls upon this path.
Now Yakov on his journey of return
He came to a place of stones, just as night fell,
So Yakov’s truth must don a hood of guile
That each may come to the mate that he has lacked
And to announce the birth of Sarah’s son,
The generosity that shed its light
We must endeavor still to keep afloat
and light blazed forth.
You could have helped us see what we were doing,
“Can you hear me?”
You are responsible for your rose…
I see groups of friends gathered over four cups of wine, matzah, and simple food, talking about what is oppressing us and brainstorming about how to counter it.