In Hebrew Class I Learned of Femininity

You are Jewish—
(it) enters you before birth
by the blood of your mother
long gone and forgotten
to be fucked before the first marital year has passed.

These genetics are extraordinary
as she weaves the future from her sex.

The girl will remain nameless until her naming ceremony
just call her baby girl—don’t worry, she won’t remember.
Strip her of a name before she can defy you,
but each wail echoes a knowing.

The stars aren’t quiet and God is loud in her ear.
Her ancestors: a current in which she bathes.
She will know before her first breath
and recall the Jewishness of her name on your tongue.


Minadora Macheret PicMinadora Macheret just received her MAE at Northern Kentucky University. Her work is forthcoming in Sugared Water, Love Me, Love My Belly, and others, and has appeared in Loch Norse Magazine, The Kentucky Enquirer, and on exhibit at the Trude Sojka Casa Cultural. She is moving to Manhattan, Kansas with her beagle Aki.

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3 Comments

  1. “The girl will remain nameless until her naming ceremony/ just call her baby girl—don’t worry, she won’t remember./ Strip her of a name before she can defy you,/ but each wail echoes a knowing”

    That stanza…yes! Especially “strip her of a name before she can defy you.” Whew, you got me there.

  2. This is the first poem of yours that I have read, but yes you have a new follower. I loved it! I can’t wait to read the rest 🙂

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