I walk to synagogue
Swaying in my heels
Ill suited for ankles thick
As my grandmother's potato kugel.
Tropical sweat fills my cleavage
A makeshift birdbath
Housing my resentments.
I sit in synagogue
Listening for God on Yom Kippur
Is he more forgiving than the Lycra
In my fishnet pantyhose
Supporting me among women?
Paled by fasting and fear
I think of the break-fast as
I stand within the fervor
Clapping my breast among the cholent of Jews
Mainstream, upstream, wannabe converts in row W
Prayer books upside down.
Scratching soles among the pavement cracks
I walk home shoeless. A red-headed youth pops his head
From a slowed blue Chevy.
Happy Jew Year, he yells.