Plays by Deborah Freeman

I have completed `Remedies,` a play about M E.  Background research...

Writing Groups

I am setting up a new writing group in East Finchley, to be held in the atmospheric location of an East Finchley...

Novels by Deborah Freeman

 A few years back. I answered an ad on the Radio 3 website, from the conceptual art company, Blast Theory...

Poems by Deborah Freeman

These appeared in the journal Jewish Renaissance, 2008.  `Fish.` `Fasting.` `Open a Gate for Us. ` `After the...

Evening and Morning.

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This poem was published in Writing Women, in 1989.  On one of my regular family visits to Jerusalem, I had noticed several women - my mother, sisters and an aunt, all wearing shawls.....


One way in which the women of Jerusalem grow old:
with shawls. Knitted ones, or lace, or Italian acrylic.
Woollen chain-mails, all creams and placid ivories,
dusty and dry, like Jerusalem pines, or her sky.


Shawls like phantoms glide through this city.
Grey lizard skins, gnarled, fleck nightly across
cool verandas. The ladies of the western alliance
lean thoughtfully as they age. Their faces fall,


brown, lengthening, like their English vowels.
Jewesses of the East, jewelled like to bear
their white shawls as crowns, or wear them,
curled in close, pale, like skins of garlic.


Arab grandmothers, lined, bend, their loose lace
armour binding, binding generations. All of these
close their eyes to the sharp night, turn for sleep,
bellies soft, breasts shifting for pillows, floors.


And at dawn the land unfolds, mists go nuzzling,
moistening the full silver of olive-leaves, poplars,
purple vineyards. Sunlight cuts at terraces, dries
furrows. Buses, holy pianolas of engineered sound
carry passengers over earth`s hardening grounds.

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