But first the mourning

Burial of the innocents will begin

Shiva will begin

Psalms will be read

Submission to judgment will be acknowledged

Later, reckoning will begin

First the mourning

It happened at a bris

One life begun, eleven ended

Murder once again


Images of men shrouded by their crimsoning prayer shawls, the leather straps of their phylacteries wrapped around their now lifeless limbs

Families in their beds, scarlet trails leading aimlessly on the white tiled floors


The shy blonde child leaning against the ancient stones, soon to witness her mindless death

And now, America

Now, the community must sit in the house of the mourner

And find repentance and consolation

After shiva, after shiva, response

Now, comfort to the mourners, all

About the Author
Elaine Rosenberg Miller writes fiction and non-fiction. Her work has appeared in numerous print publications and online sites, domestically and abroad, including JUDISCHE RUNDSCHAU, THE BANGALORE REVIEW, THE FORWARD, THE HUFFINGTON POST and THE JEWISH PRESS. Her book. FISHING IN THE INTERCOASTAL AND OTHER SHORT STORIES will be published by Adelaide Books in 2019.