The Rabbi and Her Flying Machine by Sy Roth

Her sermon—partings–
A whirling dervish gyring around an unplugged drain—
Played with those who listened,
Those who tried to hear.

“What,” he asked, did one say when they knew
That a parting could the last one?”
What would those words be?

A challenge posed to those who considered only nows–
Felt the tremblers of recognition,
White-hot moments,
Deceits of their connections.

The words bridled them
And they trotted their blind realities
Built around a deafness track
Echoing to the corners of the canyons
Writing their epitaphs in a shifting sand.

Would the panjandrums dictate whether or how to respond?

They thanked her for her words.
Like moths drawn to a flame
They cremated themselves
And the words faded.

Above, she thought of nothing but the gauges of her Flying machine.
She bristled with anticipation
As they rose and fell clumsily in her descent.
Klaxons screamed in her mind
And the machine tested her as she sought to right it.

Her silent words reached out into the ether
Warning to a tower of her Biblical ending
Chance opportunity that the supreme being handed her–
A ghastly, ribald joke.

What would those below opine on her demise?
Valiant Images centrifuged along the walls of her demise
Enjoying there a sprightly ride of remembrance
As they had once heard her words dance among them.

The Flying Machine plunged and the last words
Interred with her.

The congregants conjectured
“What were her parting words”
A call to prayers?
Or dumb realization
Enveloped her in its darkness.

The congregants nattered their imaginings
Intoned their Kaddish
Her wispy words lost in their dreams
Seized in the wind of her preempted sermon.

©2018 Sy Roth


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Sy Roth is a retired school administrator and has finally found the sounds of silence and the time to think whole thoughts. This has led him to find words and the ability to shape them. He has published in Visceral Uterus, Amulet, BlogNostics, Every Day Poets, Barefoot Review, Haggard and Halloo, Misfits Miscellany, Mad Swirl, Larks Fiction Magazine, Danse Macabre, Bitchin’ Kitch, Bong is Bard, Humber Pie, Poetry Super Highway, Penwood Review, Masque Publications, Foliate Oak, Miller’s Pond Poetry and The Eloquent Atheist.

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