Browsing Archive: August, 2016

Rust Belt Blues

Posted by Lydia Schultz on Wednesday, August 31, 2016,
I wrote this poem on visit to my hometown about 10 years ago to see my mother.  The  town is working hard to try to recover from economic hard times and its aging demographics.  I wish the city and all its residents the best in this endeavor.  It was a wonderful place to grow up, and I hope it will be again someday.

Rust Belt Blues

Train tracks go in, out.
The rusting fortress of a factory
darkens the sky.

In its shadow
The old Italian men in sleeveless T-shirts
and black lace-up oxfords
Collect in m...

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Kinship Shows

Posted by Lydia Schultz on Wednesday, August 17, 2016, In : Portrait Gallery 
I wrote this poem a number of years ago, thinking about how we reflect those family ties that connect and bind us to each other.  While I never met my grandparents, they were vivid in my mind thanks to the wonderful great aunts and uncles that I did get to meet.  

Kinship Shows

On the sofa
sit Kathy and Eleanor

Their interacting
politely argumentative,
reveals individuality,
yet points up similarities:
beauty shop hair
ironed print dresses
vocal inflections 
shared blindness.

The stories I...

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Bird Songs and Comfort

Posted by Lydia Schultz on Thursday, August 11, 2016, In : Reimagining Prayers 

This poem is loosely based on the Hebrew prayer traditionally said upon waking -- Modah Ani.  The focus of the prayer is gratitude to G-d for life and for waking to a new day.

Birdsongs and Comfort

Upon my waking

The pale light of dawn filters through the trees and curtains

Bird songs fill the air

Wrapped in a blanket of comfort and love 

With you by my side

In the still of the morning –

Modah ani –

I am grateful

For the gentle reminders 

That the world can be—

That I can be—

As those birds


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A Prayer for Learning

Posted by Lydia Schultz on Thursday, August 4, 2016, In : Reimagining Prayers 
This work is part of another project I am working on.  I am looking at traditional Jewish prayers or blessing, and thinking about them for how they relate to modern days.  I am also trying to imagine which prayers we need now, in our world, that perhaps we haven't given voice to.

Here is one of the first ones I've done.

A Prayer for Learning 

For Melton Class 

Blessed are you, O Lord, our God, Guardian of the Universe, who has sanctified us with your commandments and has commanded us to study th...

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Lydia Schultz I want to work on dreaming, making, reworking, sharing, and exploring poetry. I am both revisiting my older work while struggling to create new pieces.
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