Poignant, Thoughtful, and Meaningful Poems

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Take a few minutes to read this month’s poems from our Tomato Poets. “Since October 7th” by Nicole Freezer Rubens, is a profoundly beautiful poem reflecting on shared resilience and solidarity. “Love of Life” by Carol Ostrow, recounts a personal experience of health scare and the subsequent realization of the value of life, urging appreciation for every moment. Finally, “Your Heart Shouldn’t Hurt Because Of Me” by Madlyn Epstein Steinhart, emphasizes gratitude and learning from mistakes.

 SINCE OCTOBER 7TH

Like Wonder Women

we’ve pulled out

our protective amulets.

Paula went to a baking retreat

in Birmingham, Alabama.

Right before she left for the airport

she salvaged a midsize

silver Star of David

from a dusty pouch of her mother’s

discarded jewelry,

and strung it on a chain.

It hung proudly

in her pale V-neck.

Pam took out

the silver ring

inscribed with the Hebrew words for

this too shall pass.

It was her aunt’s ring

that is sent back and forth

between her and her mother

in alternating times of need,

like The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.

My niece Jackie

dredged up her Shema Yisrael ring

from our family trip to the Holy Land,

already 10 years ago.

The metal looks like stiff lace,

frozen in daily prayer.

 

I have not taken off my silver monogram ring

that once belonged

to my great grandmother Frieda,

a survivor.

She had it with her in hiding

throughout the Holocaust.

She knelt shaking in the shadows

of her depression,

while her 14-year-old daughter

hid separately.

The ring made it to New York

with mother and daughter

who bravely made passage on a ship

after the war.

Lady Liberty greeted them,

the sight of her patinaed torch,

another prize for enduring.

With this ring

I am slso wed to

a dog tag,

recognizing the hostages

in captivity in Gaza,

keeping them on my soul

as I go to D’Agostino

to buy 1% milk.

It says our hearts are in Gaza.

Bring them home now.

 

We will not stop

carrying you by wearing

these tiny metal shields

until this nightmare ends

and the remaining hostages,

as well as the remains of some hostages,

emerge from the dark airless tunnels

to see the orange torchlight

shining again.

~Nicole Freezer Rubens, author “The Long Pause and the Short Breath”



LOVE OF LIFE

Suddenly, I couldn’t take in a deep breath,

Sharp chest pain, thoughts of impending death,

Sounds very dramatic, you can certainly hear,

Thoughts in my head of uncertainty and fear,

 

Attempting to dress quickly, looking for help to find,

A cab driver to be quick, understanding and kind,

Trying to stay calm with a one track mind,

Excruciating pain almost rendering me blind,

 

Begging the driver, please, rush to the ER door,

Held his foot on the gas pedal right to the floor,

Arrived at the hospital, checking in with speed,

Hearing noises, crying, people of every color and creed,

 

Oh my God, what is happening to me?

 

There were young doctors, nurses and many an aid,

Who looked after my symptoms with attention paid,

To the fears and angst I felt and displayed,

And with each needle puncture and scan I prayed,

 

Finally, with nothing definitive, I was let go,

With Instructions to see more doctors so,

That I can finally have some answers and know,

Exactly what all these tests will clearly show,

 

I can tell you this, an unexpected result you see,

Love of life is now more important to me!

 

Sometimes pain, you may find,

Will clear out a jumbled, forgetful mind,

 

Life is precious, appreciate every minute,

And remember please, it is not infinite!!!

~Carol Ostrow, author “Poems from My Pandemic Pen”

Your Heart Shouldn’t Hurt Because Of Me

Thanks for caring
Thanks for sharing
Thanks for listening
Mistakes are lessons to be learned
Some take longer than others
Some linger past the point of no return
Time and relationships are precious
Some are short-lived, others last a lifetime
Your heart shouldn’t hurt because of me
Heartache and Heartbreak hold different places in our lives
Save your heart
Clear your mind
Been there and done that
Your heart shouldn’t hurt because of me

~Madlyn Epstein Steinhart, author “Put Your Boots on and Dance in the Rain,” and “Beautiful Heart”

 

 

Poetry is back in vogue and through The Three Tomatoes Book Publishing we have the honor of publishing books by four poets—Madlyn Epstein Steinhart, Stephanie Sloane, Nicole Freezer Rubens, and Carol Ostrow. Check out their poetry submissions each month.

Poet Laureats

Poetry is back in vogue and through The Three Tomatoes Book Publishing we have the honor of publishing books by four poets—Madlyn Epstein Steinhart, Stephanie Sloane, Nicole Freezer Rubens, and Carol Ostrow. Check out their poetry submissions each month.

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