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Four micro-poems by Robert Hirschfield

Photograph: bare trees reflected in a puddle, greys and black, with a scatter of yellow autumn leaves, image by Igor Drondin, slightly modified.

(puddle reflection, image by Igor Drondin)

substitute teacher

understanding finally

the meaning of the cross


young priest

soon to be martyred

picks up the check


old synagogue

even in spring

the bite of winter


alone in a


boy walks across the sky


Robert Hirschfield’s poems have appeared in Salamander, Mudfish, European Judaism,

The Moth (Ireland), Noon (Japan), Ink Sweat and Tears (UK), and other publications.

October 2023 Issue

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I think all of these are good, but I especially love the last one:

"alone in a 


boy walks across the sky"

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