Hold her tight enough, father,
you can keep her here.
Remind her tiny body that
there are things being left behind.
You will only end up somewhere
with her, your small, gone daughter,
if you stay, still,
in the madness of the street
until falling ashes veil further you from sight,
no matter how hard you shake them off.
You will come home tonight
to her mother and the brothers
she has left behind,
empty. All of you
will pray that she finds the brother
who left too, too soon ago.
You will sit on the bed
no longer hers,
the one where she heard
you tell her the stories of prophets.
Lie next to the windowsill, where
she lined the five white pebbles
you gave her for each birthday.
She is missing one,
lost in the same minute
she lost her brother,
who threw the stone
at the Goliath of tanks
You will toss them
Tiffany Metty likes thunderstorms, poppies, comfy beds, and gnomes. She aspires to keep bees and have a honey farm in New Zealand.
Ira Joel Haber was born and lives in Brooklyn. He is a sculptor, painter, book dealer, photographer and teacher. His work has been seen in numerous group shows both in USA and Europe and he has had 9 one man shows including several retrospectives of his sculpture. His work is in the collections of The Whitney Museum Of American Art, New York University, The Guggenheim Museum, The Hirshhorn Museum and The Albright-Knox Art Gallery. Since 2007 His paintings, drawings, photographs and collages have been published in over 160 on line and print magazines. He has received three National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, two Pollock-Krasner grants, the Adolph Gottlieb Foundation grant and, in 2010, he received a grant from Artists’ Fellowship Inc. He currently teaches art to retired public school teachers at The United Federation of Teachers program in Brooklyn.