The Scroll is adding to our poetry output with Scroll Verse, a recurring feature that presents the works of Jewish poets–or in some cases, poets who write on Tablet themes or have Jewish souls. Our last work was Adding It Up by Jake Marmer.

This week’s installment is a beautiful poem by Yaakov Ben David. Enjoy it.


Danny Z”L

Blue dragonfly on fallen shovel

The queries of standing strangers

Beach-shells trophies of a beak

A playground glistening in the rain

Deep dust on the music player

Evening amber the timbre of your voice

Water quickly closes stone-drop-hole

The was-blood flows into a wound.


This poem appears in Yaakov Ben David’s book Unnamed Glories. Reprinted with permission.