Monthly Archives: January 2017

A Life of Stellar Resistance 

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By Dana Janine Diamond

She refuses to be led away
they take her anyway
she won’t eat, cannot sleep
sheds no tears
screams
at her fears
while her country
scoffed
and laughed
she stockpiled
mounting insights
and listened to intuition,
chronicled observations
bore witness
to travesty after distortion
mockery after destruction
kindness had to go
underground
it fled traveling by foot and freight
good rose
to Number the Stars
and the empyrean curve
wept
for generations
she lifts her banner high
regretting not seeing the signs
earlier in the day
that her homeland
wanted her to lay supine
her body, her soul, her voice
considered a throwaway
the sadness she bears
within her bones
is beyond
archaeological excavation or telescopic vision
she raises her arms
to hold the gravitational collapse
she emits light
as the sun sets
it’s essential to remember
that every star in a dark sky
is still far brighter than
the pharoah’s sun


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Dream 

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​For my daughter Rosie on her birthday, with love

By Dana Janine Diamond 

Your great-grandmother came to
me in a dream
just after I lit a candle
for the Sabbath queen
in September 1999
and she told me
I would soon be a glowing bride
I waited my whole life
at least since I was sixteen
to name you
for her
I wish you could have met
roses strewn across
the generations
beautiful faces young and old
quelle belle, shaina punim,
love like diamonds
strong enough to cut through
sea glass gifted to the sands
by an ocean deep enough
to hold us all close
we are given herculean tasks
and we rise, we rise
above the waves
we are mermaids and druids and fairies and Jewish girls
we are magic and shooting stars
ever in motion
through the night skies and time
and you are stronger and braver
than any dream
she gave that to you
my faith is in our past
as much as our future
God knew what She was doing
when she gave roses tiny thorns
to protect her stunning beauty
you are every dream
serenading love

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New Year’s Day 

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By Dana Janine Diamond 


I saw Bono sing
to me
back in New Jersey
when I still had hope
for each shiny, new day
bouncing in and out of bed
in the city
perched on the windowsill
of The Plaza Hotel
I saw the snowflakes singing
to the people below
hearts fluttering down
waves rolling in
to the shores
sipping a mimosa
on the deck
trying not to show
that I was eavesdropping
on Fleetwood Mac
at the table across
those easy days in California
that only seemed easy
when poems and the sea
filled my head
when she was younger
we headed to Boca or Bal Harbor
flew kites on the beach
weighed down our pockets
with precious shells
that let us hear far
across the oceans
to Sting playing in a barn
outside of Paris
I swept that aside
as we explored abandoned
mansions in the blue Maryland hills
climbed Red Rock Canyon
in the dry, desolate desert,
ran with our dog in the fields
and around the lake
laughing, writing, smiling
and now we are stuck
in the rocky Tennessee top
the trees will have to be new
for us this year
there is nothing to see
but their dwindling leaves,
the forlorn menorah
and our memories
across the blue-gray sky.


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