To Grandma,  
   on her birthday
      which she isn't here to celebrate:

I wish you many happy
     to my memory
            of you.

Strong like flint,
  with sparks of
     joy and warmth,

old Jewish grandma,
      tierer Bubba,
      I kiss your hand again.


August 17, 1985


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