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The Torah, sacred to the Jews,
Is written with a quill.
They wrote it that way long ago
And write it that way still.

That feathers from a turkey,
Once its proud and glossy coat,
Could be penned for such a purpose
Seems a usage quite remote.

Yet the ancients tended to their tasks
With what they had at hand;
And turkeys must have strutted,
Unaware of their demand.

My feather musing happened when
I noticed on the street
Two pigeon feathers, blocks apart,
A rather strange conceit.

I wondered if a pigeon plume
Could take a starring role
And substitute for turkey quill
To ink a Torah scroll.

Perhaps if such a circumstance
Would come to its fruition,
There’d be a Torah tiny as
A paperback edition!

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  1. Date: 9/11/2012 11:07:00 PM
    Oy Vay! I did not know they have turkeys in the Middle East. I was under the assumption the birds are native to North America. Another good write, Ilene.

  1. Date: 9/11/2012 8:45:00 AM
    a poet of sheer logic, very cleverly written ilene, and a joy to read.

  1. Date: 9/10/2012 12:59:00 PM
    wonderful use of imagery and the rhythm was perfect!... i like how you ended this piece on the torah with such agility, ilene..:) huggs!

  1. Date: 9/10/2012 10:06:00 AM
    Nice write! Keep penning. Love, Khalid