Holding my hand
June 11, 2017
When I wrap the straps around my arm
Shekhinah holds my hand.
Her small brown fingers intertwine
with mine. She holds on tight.
She whispers courage in my ear.
Says "don't hold up: be held."
Kisses my forehead, a mother
checking for fever or giving a blessing.
Our fingers tangle like lovers.
She strokes my palm and I shiver.
In grief I always think I'm alone --
think no one sees me, or wants to.
She shakes her head, exasperated
and fond. I keep forgetting.
Long after I've let go of her hand
she's still holding me.