August 1, 2013
I take her to the park, I swing her in the little swing
The sun is getting higher, as it does every morning
My God the soul you gave me is pure
From “The Book of Life: Selected Jewish Poems 1979-2011” (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2012). Reprinted by permission of the author. Alicia Ostriker has published 14 volumes of poetry. She received the National Jewish Book Award for Poetry in 2010 and has appeared in numerous Jewish literary journals and anthologies.