https://youtu.be/Mpl57ewno6s JuxtapositionThe absent armour of boundaryThe brittle beauty of understandingThe casual coolness of your desireThe delicate danger of my longingThe empty envelope sealedThe fallen fire pausedThe glorious grittiness before the graceThe heavy honour weighting your heartThe ignorant idealism of my dreamsThe jarring joy of surrenderThe kept kiss of seductionThe laboured love of your youthThe morning… Continue reading Jux/ta/po/si/tion

Tashlich (Cast Off)

I say goodbye Out of my pockets Spills sorrow Out of my pockets Runneth regret Out of my pockets Falls fear The raven has departed With my trespasses Dropped them into the moving water Wave by wave Past the sandbank Down Past the glint of the sun Down Round the bends and breaks of the… Continue reading Tashlich (Cast Off)


My latest poem at Plus61J Media EMERGING https://youtu.be/V3urLFBQSKY?fbclid=IwAR1n8qfhlYpUiBaYnIqtL4pKhwcDRE0fQokhwcZBye71StrDCjnDl1TIkwQ EMERGING By Miriam Hechtman Recently I made a decisionI’m just going to love youI’m going to love you and love you moreOutwardsWith arms stretchedA thousand olive branchesPickedNever to be neededI’m going to hold in words like airLet them breathe out through every other creviceBut my mouthThese lips… Continue reading Emerging


MIRIAM HECHTMAN: What drove my far-flung family – in Leeds, Montreal, Nova Scotia, Melbourne, Sydney and beyond – to reunite in the same ‘room’? It’s got to be Covid LEGEND HAS IT that my maternal grandfather Pinchas Koplowizc, after surviving the Holocaust, chose to restart his life in Australia because the queue was shorter and he… Continue reading Reunion

Go Back to Life

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=13&v=_OOeqOzkACM&feature=emb_logo Go back to life YesGo hug each otherHold each otherThe war is overThe virus lostWe wonAll of usThe peopleThe fighting humansTogether in unisonGo back to lifeOpen the windowsOpen your doorOpen your heartsHandshakes are backStand close togetherHigh fiveI heard it on the wirelessThere’ll be jazz in the parkHotdog stands on the streetDancing in the squareGo… Continue reading Go Back to Life

But oh so long the wait has been

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EZOCniMPtcQ&feature=emb_logo But Oh So Long The Wait Has Been  (inspired by Oodgeroo Noonuccal’s poem The Dispossessed) But oh so long the wait has beenOh so long they walkedWith fear in their fingersAnd sweat on the browAs the politicians talked and talked And oh so long the wait has beenOh so long they stoodWith prayer on their… Continue reading But oh so long the wait has been


https://plus61j.net.au/australia/culturally-yiddish-jewish-yes-yiddish/ MIRIAM HECHTMAN meets the Yiddish speaker groups in Sydney and Melbourne who have turned to Zoom during the pandemic to indulge their love of ‘mamaloshen’ Az men tut on sheyn a bezem, iz er oykh sheyn. Dress up a broom and it will look nice too.      Some expressions sound better in Yiddish. That’s the… Continue reading Mamaloshen


SALT I thought I would be ready To dive back in To the faces the places the spaces But something has me pinned Something has me muted On pause Held But without tenderness or warmth An armour of my own design I miss abandon I miss surprise I miss not worrying I miss daydreaming Today… Continue reading Salt