Excerpt: Brought Down by Simon Constam

Characterized by the admission of doubt in God’s desire for a better world, and willingness to see Jewish tradition as indispensable, Brought Down by Simon Constam struggles with daily life as a firm believer and continuing pride in Jewish identity. In the great Jewish tradition of holding God to account, and not relenting in anger towards Him, the themes in this book are universal: faith, religious practice, forgiveness, history, and the relevance of belief.

Funerary Blues

As idly as she possibly can, she asks
where we’ll be buried. She says we ought to,
as a couple, even past the end, stay married.
But her long-dead first husband she already has
placed in primary honour in the family plot,
his name is raised on the gravestone.
What place might I take there and which one not?
Perhaps I ought to be in a nearby grave alone.
Or should I think about a Jewish cemetery somewhere?
She could remain with her once and greater love.
I am not jealous of a presumed hereafter. 
But oh, what will my children, when they learn of this, be thinking of? 
Alas, she and I, on another matter, we’re also in disarray
as she favours cremation and I favour decay. 

Simon Constam is a poet and an aphorist. His poems have been published in various magazines, among them The Jewish Literary JournalPoetica, and the Dark Poetry Club. He has published a new, original aphorism under the moniker Daily Ferocity on Instagram, daily for almost three years. He also has a regular aphorism column at The Miramichi Reader, Weekly Ferocity.

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Resource Publications (Jan. 13 2022)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 61 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1666734357
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1666734355