Magnolia Air

Tonight, Mopsy was kind enough to invite me to join her at her cousin’s seder.  It’s many, many years since my last seder, and I was really happy to celebrate Passover with such a great group.  My first seder as a vegetarian … wasn’t exactly tempted to eat meat, but at the same time it was hard not to taste some of the things I like regardless of their meat content. There were other vegetarians at the table, however, so there was plenty to eat, even if I had to pass up the gefilte fish.

Spending almost the whole evening out has meant no time for digging through records to find family info tonight.   When Mopsy dropped me off after dinner, I stopped on the corner for a minute.  While I was away last week, some of the trees around my block blossomed, and the air was ripe with that.  And so, tonight’s Arun veers away from family hsitory.

If I Were Easy

breeze across
my face, my skin — 
magnolia air.
whisper of
“Finally spring!”
If I were easy,
give in —
let that song
dance through me. Let
its dreams fill my heart.



An Arun is a 15-line poem with the syllable count 1/2/3/4/5 — 3x.  It may be a new thing in the world, made up by me last year.  “Arun” means “five” in Yoruba.


2 thoughts on “Magnolia Air

  1. What a beautiful and thought-provoking poem. I do love the way you are exploring this form.

    I have only been to one seder in my life, and it was half a lifetime ago. I was 20. So, I guess, a bit more than half my lifetime ago! I’m glad you enjoyed yourself at this one.


    1. I forgot to say that last night’s prompt on The Poetic Asides blog was to take the line, “If I were _____,” fill in the blank, make the line the title of the poem, and go. At first I thought I would ignore the prompt because I already had the “magnolia air” in my mind … and then that line snuck up on me and changed the whole course of the poem!

      I’ve had an easier time with the form these last few days. I wonder what that’s about … and how long it will continue!


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