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Channel Esther: Judgment

Esther Cohen
December 11, 2014

by Esther Cohen


hipnotherapyI grew up in a judging family.

Life was not a matter of relativity.

There was bad and fair and best.

No category was one of apathy.

A was better than B and B

was never good enough.

This method was called Values.

If we did not do well enough

if we were B’s we were on

The Wrong Road. My only B’s

were in Conduct. That is, I always

Talked Too Much To My Neighbor

about anything no subject

too big or too small

and this admonition, written with

various degrees of seriousness

was my report card blight. My talking

was always a matter of Family Discussion.

Esther Cohen is arts consultant to Jewish Currents and to many labor organizations, a novelist, and a poet who writes a poem every day at I Am and I Am Not.