RIFKAH GOLDBERG
TO CRY OR NOT TO CRY

"I cannot cry
When I see the stone
At the cemetery
Tears do not come"

"But I do cry
When I talk to him
In the cluttered kitchen
And he is not there"

"When I see him
Filled with feeling
Hold forth on video
His pain now gone"

"When I wake with fear
Several times a night
Reach into the next bed
And he is not there"

"When I no longer
Hear his heavy tread
On the too-narrow
Pink-carpeted stairs"

"When our
Great-grandchildren
Are born and now
Can only be mine"

"Part of me is gone
And I cannot believe
It lays under a stone"
My mother said

February 2002