Passover

Deftly she scraped the silver scales and forced
one fish into the other; the soft feet
of the calf she boiled into jelly; she stuffed rice
into the plump hen and bound
its wings and legs; she poured hot fat
over the leg of the lamb. Spices
sizzled and baked as she stirred
the bones bubbling in the pot.

They sat round the silver, the red wine glasses,
and read the story of their deliverance.

Thilde Fox was born in Vienna, came to England with the Kindertransport, and has lived in Israel since 1953.

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