Saturday, 25 April 2020

That Moment I Knew          

by Tova Hinda Siegel

Why did I want to walk 
to the Chuppah alone?  
Why didn’t I want my father’s
strength to lean on?
We could have turned and run
the other way. A quick retreat
from what became years of sadness.
Instead, I held 
my flowers, lilacs and
lilies of the valley,
still my favorites, 
in my shaking hands.  
When I looked up –
and I didn’t want to look up –
I could see him
and my mother smiling,
under the Chuppah, waiting.
I stood, so far away, 
solitary as a leaf, 
fallen on the winter ground.

* * * * *

Tova Hinda Siegel’s work has appeared in Salon.comI’ll Take Wednesdays, On The Bus, and several anthologies.  She holds a BA from Antioch University and an MS from USC. A midwife, cellist, mother, grandmother and great grandmother, Tova has studied with Jack Grapes, Tresha Faye Haefner, and Taffy Brodesser-Akner. A mother, grandmother and great grandmother, Tova and her husband live in Los Angeles.


  1. This has a special resonance for me now, as I'm reading Yalom's The Spinoza Problem. The voice in my heart is saying, "Oy vey."

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