Bone on bone | The Jewish writing project Judaism

by Linda Albert (Sarasota, FL)

I’ve turned my back on some of your skills

before I really learned them – bridge parties,

Lemon tart with whipped cream on the edges,

three-layer tea sandwiches without crusts –

because of all the hours I judged that you lost there

the chaotic kitchen, the cleanup that I’ve always noticed.

I got rid of your impatience

from the beginning-

the timekeeper bully

who kept you going until

It seemed to me that you missed your life.

I might have gone too far

and now I want something back.

Your maxims, I sorted out on the way –

although I confess that this job took years.

If it is true that God will only help them

Who helps himself, then who needs God?

Airing dirty laundry in public is sometimes therapeutic.

The bed I make is not the one I always have to lie in;

There is no actual law.

But I appreciate your English bone china

the set of thirty two with the gold border and the green border

You bought in Uncle Jack’s jewelry store in Ottawa

and confirmed in the Sweet Sixteen

Lunch you made for me

In fact, I think you would like to know

I use this porcelain every day.

Whenever I take a plate out of the closet

I share the food with you. It’s easier now

since you became my guest

Linda Albert is an internationally published poet, essayist and former theater director. She is also a certified Jungian Archetypal Pattern Analyst and communications trainer with a master’s degree in neurolinguistics. In recent years, her work has focused on conscious and creative aging. Linda’s poems are influenced by her interest and academic education in these areas, her Jewish heritage, the changing roles of contemporary women, and her personal joys, struggles, and insights.

Author of Mapping the Lost Continent: Poetry and Other Discoveries (, Her awards include the Poetry Awards of the Olivet and Dyer-Ives Foundation and the International Merit Award of the Atlanta Review for Poetry. More information about her and her work can be found at:

“Bone on Bone” first appeared in Israel 2015 anthology and is reproduced here with the permission of the author.

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