by Shirley Adelman




The comfort of kasha,

on a cold winter day,

warming me up,

like Yiddish words,

flying across the table

many years ago.



Taking time from what

should be done,

to what must be done:

cooking a winter borscht,

to nourish my soul,

hungry for the flavors,

of childhood.


Shirley Adelman has been published in academic, literary, and medical journals in the U.S., Canada, Israel, and South Africa. Her poetry appeared most recently in Blue Collar Review, Kaleidoscope, and Jewish Currents.