Eli Spivakovsky Poems
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Requiem For My Sister
I can't say you were covered in flowers because that's not the Jewish way, we cover the grave in stones.
I remember when you showed me the shape of a bird under your eye, it looked like a flying swallow, but so tiny, it could be mistaken as a freckle.
You also showed me your short life-line. 'Look, see? ' you asked, showing me your palm, and it was indeed short....
How are your bones decaying, o beautiful one?
So pretty, you'd inherited the helix for that.
I remember how you left home when we were kids, how you turned the street corner and I running after you, imploring you ...
And if we dropped into the sea
A pearl would float to that point
where all swimmers fail
There where danger and bravery lurk
In Hawaii, you chased the coloured fish
touching their tails then checking your fingers for ink
and then you faltered in too deep.