the same airports, strapped into the same cramped seats; in Houston
a tall redhead held up the plane while some
stories say that the ashes of a sea horse mixed with oil and
vinegar can cure baldness. Ground up sea horses were recommended
in the mixing
of love potions. They were required for newly occurring
events to be available as lasting memories. It appears equally clear
that the hippocampus is not necessary for the recollection of older
memories used for curing colds, pain, leprosy and as a remedy
against the bite of a mad dog looking
to snag someone's aisle seat. "When we get to Florida," she
hollered, "I'll be getting out fast, crashing through y'all."
chunk of soft red chalk from
a cracked sidewalk in Brooklyn; a smooth stone
from a cold river in Lake Co., CA; a slither of
charcoal from a farmhouse firepit
in Niiharu, Japan; a
nut from Rowe Mesa, NM; a ribbed white shell from
wndy beach in Ft. Lauderdale. Later,
I opened a drawer and found my father's tallit,
and the musty books from which he had davened incomprehensible
attracted to the
manual of supplication
called Ma'aneh Lashion, or The Responses of the Tongue.
It is a curious book. It's reputation for prolixity is deserved.
The 'prayer to be recited on father's grave' is a torrent of words
runs on for pages. These prayers are premised on a God
he never saw.