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“Mirrors” – a Poem by Cathleen Cohen

Cathleen Cohen

Cathleen Cohen

Artist and Poet

Cathleen Cohen recites her new poem “Mirrors,” as part of Ritualwell’s October 19th virtual gathering, “Holding Each Other: Israel on our Hearts.”

When so much is taken
in anger and terror — a thunderclap

that shocks the breath from us,
porous vessels,

we cast about for light
among shards.

We dwell in a ruined garden,
tasting what’s bitter

from the tree of knowledge —
too much frailty,

too much Cain and Abel,
too much chaos and Babel.

We reach to touch souls
as luminous as mirrors

so we might reflect light
back to each other.

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