Michael Blumenthal

Michael Blumenthal Poems

1. Suburban 6/24/2015
2. United Jewish Appeal 12/1/2015
3. The Nurse 12/24/2016
4. Be Kind 12/24/2016
5. The Difference between a Child and a Poem 12/24/2016
6. United Jewish Appeal 12/24/2016
7. Manners 12/24/2016
8. Night Baseball 12/24/2016
9. Stones 12/24/2016
10. Jew 12/24/2016

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United Jewish Appeal

My grandmother was eighty-nine and blind
and I was a young boy hungry for quarters,
so, in the waning light
of Sunday afternoons, my parents gone,
I would ring the doorbell
(my friend Raymond smirking
from behind the stairwell) and listen
for the slow shuffle of slippers
in the hall, the soft thump
of her body against the closet.

She would come to the door,
my parakeet Jerry trapped in her hairnet,
stammering a "Who's there?" in minimal English,
between the chain and the doorjamb,
and, without hesitancy or shame,
in a cracked, ...

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