"Manna from Heaven"

    “or I guess it is the handkerchief of the Lord” Walt Whitman

    

“Or I guess it is the handkerchief of the Lord”

like the dewey manna

in the dessert

filling but not satisfying

 

Like the dewey manna

comforting and consistent

filling but not satisfying

what we need, not what we really want

 

Comforting and consistent

meltingly aromatic food for angels

what we need, not what we really want

not being angels

 

Meltingly aromatic food for angels

revered, respected, and in the end reviled

not being angels

it is all too good for us

 

Revered, respected, and in the end reviled

forty years is a long walk to hold onto a singular focus

it is all too good for us

but of course, we don’t know that, we’re just walking

 

“Or I guess it is the handkerchief of the Lord”

forty years is a long walk to hold onto a singular focus

in the dessert

but of course, we don’t know that, we’re just walking.

 


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Judith J. Katz is the Lead Teacher for Creative Writing at the Cooperative Arts and Humanities Magnet High School in New Haven, Connecticut, where her signature courses focus on writing poetry. 

Ms. Katz’s work has been published in Edify Fiction Literary Journal, Months to Years, The Literary Nest, Ritualwell, The New Sound Literary Journal, Of Sun and Sand, and Sending Our Condolences. She has been a first runner up in the Kind of a Hurricane Press’s Editor’s Choice Awards and she recently received an NEH grant to study Emily Dickinson.


Judith Katz