Faith of Our Fathers


In the early 1930s,

twelve-year-old Karol Wojtyla
brought his friend Jerzy Kluger
to see Krakow's cathedral from the inside.
When an older person rebuked Karol
for bringing a Jew into Catholic precincts,
the future John Paul cheerfully affirmed,
The Lord our God is one.


In December of 2017, as my father lay
in the third-to-last month of his long dying,
I went to synagogue with a friend

for Erev Shabbat during Chanukah:
indeed, had tried to sing in Hebrew in the sniffling cold
as Rabbi Stern, woman of sixty, lit the outdoor menorah.
I mentioned this to Dad; he growled from his bed,

What the hell were you doing at a synagogue?

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Written on 2020-07-03 at 16:47

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sometimes the apple falls far from the tree ~~~
2020-07-03 Moods The PoetBay support member heart!
I find it sad that closure between faiths. It should be inclusive of all people, but too often seems geared to be only inclusive to those with the same faith. It feels contradictory to me. Beautifully written, your observations give a clear view of what's off with the picture, thanks