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Song My Mother Taught Me
© By Michael Druck 2008
I never thought I would hear my mother sing again,
yet I heard her in a dream,
as she sang an old Yiddish song,
lovely and serene.
I heard this old Yiddish song
about a time so long ago,
that I, a man, would never see,
or I would never know
about the olden days,
when all they had was love.
That gift from G-d, from up above
and the sharing of that love.
And I sobbed and cried in my dream
as I saw her eyes and tears,
then awakened to find that mine were dry,
as if time has dried the years.
I never thought I would hear her sing again,
much less, a song I never knew.
The tune is gone and escapes me now.
It is as ancient as the Jew.
But if I have my way,
with a blessing from Hashem,
I’ll sit and sing that melody
and have my mother once again.
A Jewish song, an ancient song,
and a time yet back again.
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from the June 2008 Edition of the Jewish Magazine
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