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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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Thanksgiving Daze

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By Dana Janine Diamond

We tripped the light
fantastic
pain pooling at our feet
we felt the force
of a waterfall
dancing wildly
to its own beat
a rhythm we thought
was gone
is bulging out
of an angry hat
nothing sits below it
an emptiness
of the most
profound sort
we watch images reflected
in gold towers
and hyped-up billboards
captured by
rear view mirrors
as we drive through
our towns
we’ve lost our minds
and hearts,
our souls
dived off a ledge
into shallow waters ambivalent
to hold our refuse,
what has become
of our great endeavor
we are battling
an ugly history
passing for glory
this year some
of us are wide awake
others clinging tightly
to a long forgotten dream
we fight to the bitter end
or learn to begin again
I’ve spent too many
holidays in hospitals
today I’m free
yet not
as we celebrate
our gratitude
partake in a harvest repast
at last
love limps to the table
battle worn and a bit broken
from the hate spewing about
as outside a cranked up
fire hydrant
ruins adult shoes in its path
delighting kids and dogs
emitting a raucous laughter
we can’t get the same water
back in
we’ll need a wider vision
it’s so hard to sink
this low
as a people, as a nation
we left paradise long ago
and this burden feels
too heavy
but rise we must
of that I am hopefully
certain
faith takes over
when reason has left
us alone
we keel and mourn
and cry out a silent
howl
we embrace
fix our gaze on
the prophets and seers
the poets and the singers
the leaves that turn our skies aglow
even as their roots
are ever deep
it is up to us
to offer out our hands
as the homeless in the streets
a sign, a day to remember
we need each other
we need each other

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Porch 

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By Dana Janine Diamond 

We are never alone
with all the creatures
of the woods
surrounding us
the pink dawn waves
love rising daily
the geese singing
loudly
a mile down the road
birds tweeting
the old fashioned way
rustling and flapping
in the leaves
abound
squirrels running
and chasing one other
deers tip-toeing
we breathe as one
all the symphony of whispered
sounds
we are not alone


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Missing

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By Dana Janine Diamond 

I’ve had this
center of gravity
for so long
now that it’s gone
I have no sense
of direction
when I wasn’t looking
God just up
and disappeared
on me
when an ordinary
or even an extraordinary
person breaks
your heart
you can find
your way back
to hope
even when faced
with the cruelty
of man
but it’s a different
matter entirely
when God
retreats and abdicates
responsibility
I’ve been busy trusting
and you left us floating
in space

the world was created
from imperfection
an inconsolable stardust
shattered
and flew into my soul
she turned to Sorrow
keening, crying,
wandered out to sea,
lost for a time
returning luminous,
bedraggled and bereaved
now we’re adrift
space-sick, grief-struck
run aground
waiting
to know the unknown
desolate mystery
the stellar, the new
cannot grow
fallen on barren,
abandoned land
so we raced
the constellations
at long last
she rose to Lamentations
weeping
we cannot find you,
we cannot find you

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Wake

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By Dana Janine Diamond 

Life has become
a series of staving
off pain
uncovering
devastating
mysteries
one day
we will listen
to the songs
of this time
but for now
we are on
a small, silent craft
isolated
in the middle
of the ocean
and the storm
threatens all
day and night
I wish it weren’t so
I wish it weren’t so

Following
behind the unwritten
it’s impossible to keep
balance
get up for a time
end up
back in the water
waving to the trees
and all the others
moving, sailing ahead
It’s cooler now
just a slight chill
we’ve left summer behind

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Grace of Grey

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By Dana Janine Diamond 

There are moments
I see light
her voice
clear and strong
these gifts must
have come from you
credit where credit
is due
the flip side
is farther than
it seems
stitching the quilt
dropping the pictures
in place
the unbearable, unwearable pain
no clothes, no skin,
sailing in a kaleidoscope 
we’re taking in
water
the unmeausurable sadness
the rain
is that your way
of saying you are sorry
you’re here now
you hear
me
I’m not letting
you
off the hook
but it’s pouring now
I’m going to take
that as a sign
grateful she’s alive
we are here
it’s loud and silent
at once
light glimmers
on the edge where
there are moments

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Cart Wheels

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By Dana Janine Diamond

We had a peaceful day
there won’t be many
this one nearly wasn’t
but it’s still mid-evening
my job now
is to report from the inside

the way we got here
the echo of…
this is my happiness
distilled to the most
benign expectations

Journey, journeying
galloping, memories
in pointillist paintings
true moments
like night stars
we can’t see them all
but we look up
and receive the impression

It turns out
humans mated with neanderthals
not sure who
got the better deal
if it was love, if God
ever really loved
us
he or she has not yet
proven their point

are we like chimps
or chumps
in the zoo
bewildering
to those on the outside

Job should have fulfilled
the prophecy
and cursed you
maybe he could have
spared us the task

We are holding the water
down
traveling, traveling
I need all the stars
turning and twirling
to deepen dusk

 

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