Hanukkah Prayers

My Grandmother sings 

the Hanukkah prayers. 

Her voice is petrified wood 

and waterfall, a tenth flame. 

Barukh atah Adonai. The song is a slinky

of shadowed rooms and singing,

words glinting off the ceiling 

like light off mother-of-pearl.

As we sit down, 

she takes my hand. 



Note: I have three grandmothers. My Jewish grandmother is probably my favorite person in the world.




3 thoughts on “Hanukkah Prayers

  1. I was lucky to have three grandmothers too. And many traditions to celebrate.
    Unfortunately sometimes when our elders pass so do their traditions.
    Which could be a good thing…if some of those traditions were not odd, but perhaps not in mesh with ones own personal score.

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