Chaya Lester

The Devil’s Arithmetic

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We have this new detestable morning ritual
Of waking up to body counts, over coffee.
Of another 4, another 8, another infinitely inscrutable, incalculable
Addition to our subtraction.
And I don’t blame you if you didn’t weep over the latest losses
I too know about the drawer in the far cabinet
where you stuff your mental notes
of pieces of news that prove
that the world is truly awful, senseless and brutal.
I too have my own discreet file
of facts that I keep stacked
just out of sight
when I am stirring the soup for the children to eat so that I do not poison the broth
with my intensity.
And yet, it is good to break open ~
to break over these awful equations.
To sift through the notes in the drawer
to study the truths of a broken world
carefully stored away…
And together let us curse
the devil’s abacus.
For these mounting additions of
Precious subtractions
That accumulate each day.
About the Author
Psychotherapist, inspirational speaker, wordsmith, performance artist & Co-Director of Jerusalem's Shalev Center. Chaya lives in the heart of Jerusalem with her husband R'Hillel & their 4 energetic children. Read more pieces like this in real-life book form:
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