You walked through my dream last night
as a crowd of family crossed a hotel lobby.
Your blonde hair blown-dry and styled,
full face of makeup, earrings gleaming.
"You look great," I said, and you beamed
as though you knew the secret: you're not
in this world anymore. Was it a field trip
to visit the living? I greeted your parents,
gone thirty years. And then I was alone.
I seized my phone to call a friend to tell
the tale. "Next time, ask her for a bracha,"
he suggested. Waking, I thought: what would
you say? In life you would have laughed, or
said you don't know how to give a blessing
but maybe in the afterlife you're less afraid.
Or maybe you'd repeat exactly what you said
in life: make hay while the sun shines. This
life is too short. Choose to find it sweet.