Maia Evrona

Poet; Memoirist; Translator; Leonard Cohen Enthusiast

Because in the land of milk and honey / the almond trees bloom in January...

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Tu B’Shevat

Because in the land of milk and honey

the almond trees bloom in January,

“The New Year for Trees,” Tu B’Shevat,

falls in the dead of winter for us.

 

So we feast on dried dates and raisins,

oranges and preserved citrons,

any fruit that can be bought or saved

for this holiday completely out of season.

 

Though when the cold is most bitter

and the days no longer than in November

the only revelation is the almond:

 

hard and brown, but richer

when ground down in the mouth

like two thousand European winters.

-Maia Evrona (first appeared in Valparaiso Poetry Review)

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