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  • The Birds In The Cities

    By Emily Stern

    February 19, 2014 | 9:54 am

    It is nice to see the birds in the city
    because birds are not martyrs.

     

    While standing at the western wall,

    she points to the birds saying surreptitiously,

    "There are no birds at the western wall."

     

    The Ram Bam says that on angels, wings are a metaphor.

    Wings are... read on

  • I Know What You Are Made Of

    By Emily Stern

    February 14, 2014 | 6:41 am

     Lyrics:

     

    I know what you are made of:

    lakes and simple sounds, good company

    the dissapointed child as he sleeps

    with open heart songs inside his sheets.

     

    Grandma used to knit. 

    She made a pink blanket.

    She told me what little girls are made of:

    Sugar and... read on

  • The Heart Shaped Ring

    By Emily Stern

    February 12, 2014 | 3:26 pm

    The ring came from

    A shop in New Mexico
    where A Christian
    Radio Station was blaring

    midrshim I had never heard!

    It was about Moses entering the Promised Land three days after he died. "You're Jewish?

    So, you hate Palestinians. Don’t you hate them?”

    To the shopkeeper in New Mexico,

    I just said no.

     

    Not at all.

     

    but I bought the ring although it was too big saying, "You know how when it's warm, your hands grow?"

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  • Good Morning!

    By Emily Stern

    January 19, 2014 | 5:14 pm

    Good Morning! Good morning!

    It's what we're calling global warming.

    Wake up to the coming cosmic day

    or we'll end up dying for a past 

    that wasn't working anyway.

     

    We've all been dreaming

    and the cocks have certainly been sreaming

    and the clocks have ticked us

    into a life long coffee break,

     

    and the coffee has tricked us

    into thinking we're awake.

  • Let It Roll

    By Emily Stern

    January 19, 2014 | 4:38 pm

    Either we are woken up by the alarm clock or by each other.

    Let lovingkindness roll off your sleeve. 

  • humble

    By Emily Stern

    January 18, 2014 | 8:50 pm

    There is no need to be humble when god is as it is. Even as big as I could be, as grand and powerful, no matter what, there is more. I am ornamental. I am a ping pong ball.

  • The Cave

    By Emily Stern

    January 10, 2014 | 1:19 am

    I have a wall too, you know, that doesn't want to be permeated, through to whom life seems too much,

    I have to go home and mend like a cat licking its wound, patchwork on a plasma screen  when we come close to each other, too.
    Plato's cave is bare and wide- but it only goes as... read on

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Emily Stern is a devotional poet and songwriter. Her album “Birth Day” can be downloaded on iTunes or from CD baby.  As an actor and playwright, her plays have been performed...

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