On the second night of Hanukkah the miracle is Ukraine

close up of five hanukkah candles burning in the dark
on fire for 298 days and still
she is standing. The streets
are dim but snow floats
like summer fireflies. In Odesa,
I hear the people gather
to watch a man-sized menorah
ignite the public dark. In my
Papa’s home, war won’t stop
celebration. On the land
we were forbidden to light
candles, they now burn
under rocket-fire. The Jews
still Jews, but now Ukrainian,
they can be Jewish, beyond
the skin and nose they can
glow in a dark where everyone’s
afraid the sky will fall and grateful
when another morning comes.

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