Pachim Ketanim

oliveBy Yossi Huttler

after all the holy wars

you’ve fought

all the wounds and scars

and defilement

search yourself

for that one incorruptible

jug of oil

retrieve it

kindle it

and find yourself


a miraculously long time

Yossi Huttler, who lives in Los Angeles, is the author of Lakol Z’man: A Poetical Journey Through The Jewish Year. Mr. Huttler’s poems and essays have appeared in the Jerusalem Post, Jewish Daily Forward, the Jewish Observer, and other publications.

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