Literary Mama writing about the many faces of motherhood
Shavuot (First Fruits)

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In this year of infancy,
revelation comes to father and son
in the synesthesia of a thunderstorm.
We stand at the door,
our senses confused by the flashing,
the beating of the air against earth,
the crack of rain on a neighbor's awning.
The boy sees it all for what it is:
another of the many beginnings of life.
He smells the purpling of the atmosphere,
hears ozone left burning all around us,
watches the drumming on all surfaces.
He takes it in the same way he takes everything --
the striped light through the blinds,
the always unexpected mooing of a toy,
Dad's reappearance overhead in the morning --
How about that? he says to everything.
I never would have imagined.

David Harris Ebenbach is the author of two short story collections, Between Camelots (University of Pittsburgh Press), winner of the Drue Heinz Literature Prize, and Into the Wilderness, a collection about parenting that won the Washington Writers Publishing House Prize, forthcoming in 2012.He is also the author of a non-fiction guide to the creative process called The Artist’s Torah, forthcoming in 2013. Please visit his website for more information.

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