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?
Poetry by Thomas D
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Written on 2020-07-03 at 16:47
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