So many doves huddled
in that wall,
pushing themselves in.
Ancient lime stones rubbed smooth, beseeching
hands find their comfort. Handwritten
and folded, what the heart
inscribes, hidden graffiti crying songs of smoke.
Brambles between cracked yellowing
stone, in this heat
like clusters of barbed wire, hanging
the laundry of white lace flowers
torn from a notebook, carries the sweat
shy smile of asking, giving
unlocks the burden of not
giving. Carefully taped pages
in piles of wind flipped books, Tehillim, Siddurim,
open sanctuary of ruins, facing the only wall,
Sarah Antine teaches at Winston Preparatory School and lives in Manhattan.