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Adele at 100

What better way to end our chapter on poetry than with a poem by Ellen Steinbaum. Ellen's poem, "Adele at 100" is inspired by writer and teacher Adele Margolis. This particular poem is from her new book, Brightness Falls, which will be out in September.

 

Adele at 100 
 

thinks she may not

want to die yet after all,

after all the neat parceling

of books and paintings and

the last Nakashima chest sold

for rent and home health aides.

She thought last year would be

her last and good with all that

loss and pain, discussed with 

medical schools which one should

have her shell.  But now she thinks 

she may not want to go, 

tells the tactful doctor, not yet.

She wants to see what else happens.                        

 

 

                in memory of Adele P. Margolis 1909-2009

Adele Margolis
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Adele Margolis.
© Samantha Sodickson, all rights reserved.

How to cite this page

Steinbaum, Ellen. "Adele at 100." 30 April 2013. Jewish Women's Archive. (Viewed on December 5, 2016) <https://jwa.org/blog/adele-at-100>.

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