Saturday, 5 August 2017

A NOTEWORTHY LIFE AND DEATH

by Judith Offer


She spent her life
Looking
For the music in it,
Not realizing
She should have been
Listening instead.

At least you tried
Said God
As she floated into the robe.
He hummed a few bars.
That’s it she said.
That’s it!  That’s it!


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Judith Offer has had two daughters, five books of poetry and dozens of plays. (Eighteen of the latter, including six musicals, have been produced.)  She has read her poetry at scores of poetry venues, but is particularly delighted to have been included in the Library of Congress series and on “All Things Considered,” on NPR.  Her writing reflects her childhood in a large Catholic family—with some Jewish roots—her experience as teacher, community organizer, musician, historian, gardener, and all-purpose volunteer, and her special fascination with her roles of wife and mother.  Her most recent book of poetry, called DOUBLE CROSSING, is poems about Oakland, California, where she lives with her husband, Stuart.