Back Next Mitzvah

They almost lassoed me with Mitzvahs
put me in the ghetto coral
and made me walk around
with curls on my head
and black clothes
on my back
Thank goodness
I escaped
into the swift world
of openness
where color
and greenery
and the creamy
of women
lie sweet
and shapeful
in my imagination

Irwin R. Shaw - August 20th 1988