a heart shape created from pages of an open book

—for Donald, in memoriam

Your last name means “heart” in Hebrew.
You were, when I knew you, a hulking husk
of a man, shaggy and snaggle-toothed,
limping on your cane, but still
you never skipped a reading,
sitting on your stool
at the end of the bar,
reading your work, sharp and short,
in your New York cabbie voice.
Peace, Mighty Heart,
and may the Shekhinah
drive you home in her taxi.
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