Poem for a young Jew



Do you say you think that I look timeless?

Dark rings, dark circles, shadows round and round

My brow lined with other people’s secrets

She tells me Jewish men never look young.


Is it the beard that hides my too round cheeks?

Or the scalp peeking through my too thin hair?

The way I press my lips too tightly shut


You say that Jewish men never look young?

I see small faces, small hands, small mouths ask

if culture makes religion makes race?

Do you really think that they all look old?


They look young to me.


Published by Ben Berman Ghan

Hi! My name is Ben Berman Ghan. I’m Jewish Settler, writer, editor, and academic based in Tkaronto/Toronto, site of Treaty 13 and Williams Treaty territory, currently working on my MA at Ryerson University's Literatures of Modernity program. I am the author of many short stories, a few essays, and the fix-up novel What We See in the Smoke (Crowsnest Books 2019)

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