Jane Schulman

Like Yeast

On a London walk:
Pierced lips, nostrils, eyelids, tongues.
Green hair, five-inch heels.

Eyebrows shaved, redrawn
as triangles. Two masked boys
on bikes snatch a phone

from a man snapping
photographs of hawks swooping
in Trafalgar Square.

Women in burqas
lift their black veils two inches
to slip in some grapes.

Across a girl's back,
tattooed: "Behind my smile
is a burning heart."

Across another's:
"I'm torn but now I'm mending
and, like yeast, I rise."

Scaling Sweet Mountain

"The mountain of God is sweet butter, a mountain of richly sweet butter. Why do you ponder other sweet mountains? This is the mountain where God dwells; yes, the Lord desires to dwell here forever." Psalm 67

Bike trails. Rock scrambles. Streambeds. Footpaths.
There are many paths up the mountain.
In one life, we might follow only two or three.
Some a choice. Some chance updrafts.

There are many paths up the mountain.
The gay son of a Baptist friend
made a choice, rode a chance updraft
and found his home as a Buddhist.

The gay son of a Baptist friend
didn't feel welcome in his small-town church,
found a home in Tibetan Buddhism.
Infinite ways to come close to God.

Not feeling welcome in her small-town church,
my friend asked her pastor, "Aren't there
infinite ways to come close to God,
numberless footpaths up the mountain?"

She asked her pastor, "Aren't there
robins, pelicans, hummingbirds, jays,
numberless footpaths up the mountain?"
"No!" he snapped. "Jesus told us, 'I am the way.'"

Robins, pelicans, hummingbirds, jays.
Dalai Lama, Pope Francis, the Baal Shem Tov.
"No!" he snapped. "Jesus told us, "I am
the way and the truth and the life."

Dalai Lama, Pope Francis, the Baal Shem Tov.
Can they all be wrong? Can they all be right?
What is the way? What's the truth of this life?
Could it be the quest? The reaching toward light?

Can they all be wrong? Can they all be right?
In one life, can we follow two or three.?
Can it be the quest? The reaching toward light?
Up rock scrambles, bike trails, footpaths, streambeds.


Jane Schulman is a poet and short story writer. She works as a speech pathologist in a Brooklyn public school with young children with autism and significant cognitive delays. Jane has been a featured poet in local venues, published in print and online, and taught senior citizens to write their lives in poetry, fiction, and memoir.


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