Horn Blowing

We’re Jewish, Father said,
so we don’t go to church. We
go to temple. Christians like
to ring bells. We like to blow
horns — the shofar — particularly
on the Jewish New Year. I don’t
see why musical differences
should make it hard to get along.

Hal Sirowitz is the author of five books of poetry: “Mother Said,” “My Therapist Said,” “Before,
During & After,” “Father Said” and “Stray Cat Blues.” His work has been translated into 13 languages and has been featured on NPR’s “All Things Considered” and  PBS’ “The United States of Poetry.” pGarrison Keillor has read many of Sirowitz’s poems on NPR’s “The Writer’s Almanac.”