Poetry is music set to words.

Or words set to music.

I’m not sure which.

But every poem has a melody of its own.

It must speak not only to heart or mind,

but to the ear.

The notes must be right.

Sometimes I need to speak.

Sometimes, I need to sing.

If I can do both together,

I have a poem.

Or a Prayer.

Reproduced with permission from Wheat, Wine & Honey: Poems by Yaffa Ganz (Jerusalem, 2015), p. 16.

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