To Our Mother

two hands

Remembering that Jesus named his Father

from the cross and said:

“Abba, Abba, why hast thou forsaken me?”

and remembering too that on the kibbutz I learned

that even today children speaking Hebrew

call their father “Abba”

and their mother “Ema,”

I am amazed to find in my balancing hands

two balancing words

and the first speaking of the new word is this:

“Ema . . . Ema . . . why have we forsaken thee?”

By Carol Lynn Pearson