I dine on matzah brei smothered
with strawberry jam or grape jelly
in the Spring of each year.
Though I attempt to eat slow,
too soon it disappears. It takes
me back to a younger day.
But there is something else
that hangs heavy in the air
to remind of a time
when my ancestors fled
their captives with no time
for their daily bread to rise.
As I eat this as a breakfast treat,
I recall a time when my people
were not free. I too was a slave.
(c) By Richard (Dick) Epstein
Dick Epstein helps guide the Memorial Day Writers Project held at the Vietnam War Memorial each Memorial and Veterans Day holidays in Washington, DC.
Hunger-focused Poems by Maryland Poets
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