Treasure Island

Shalom Freedman

(Troy New York)

I Am Happy This Chanukah


I am happy this Chanukah
After all the years of praying and waiting
My children have children of their own
I thank God for this-

I am quite old now
But I don’t yet feel it that much-
Perhaps I did not make it in my work as I hoped
But in so much of my life the only word is ‘Gratitude’.

Thank God I am still here in Israel in Jerusalem
After all these years
Sitting in a park off Palmach Street
The sun on the page
Writing in calm
These small words down.

Submitted: Friday, December 23, 2011
Edited: Friday, December 23, 2011

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