Sarah Kaplan Gould

Sarah Kaplan Gould

Sarah Kaplan Gould

AGGRESSIVELY FRIENDLY JEWS
ASK IF I’M CHOSEN, THRUST THE LULAV
TOWARDS MY WITHERED HEATHEN HEART

to say otherwise would be a lie.
The woman lunges, her pupils
each a hungry mouth

palm fronds stiff and graceless
in the October chill

she is surprised when
I finish the prayer with her,
having expected nothing.

it is perfect: they get
whatever they’re searching for
from god. I get
free candles, the small holy
joy of saying shehecheyanu
in the draining light
of Fulton Street
as if it is always the
first time

how strange; to be seen.


Sarah Kaplan Gould is a Brooklyn-based poet from Denver, Colorado. She has been published in visceral brooklyn and ThoseThatThis.