The Night Before Yom Kippur


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copyright – Dale Rogerson

Twas the night before Yom Kippur

and as sure as a bagel ain’t a donut

everyone was excited about the day of atonement

With Papa in his turtleneck

And Mama in her bunny shoes

Kicked back in their recliners like a couple of old Jews

Tomorrow they’d go to the synagogue and pray

And beg G_d to keep that evil mime away

As a further precaution, they strung up some garlic

Bought plastic gold crosses and consulted a psychic

But while they were out, their mattress tags were stolen

By that La Petite Voleuse, Shelley “Yom Kippur” Kohlen

25 Comments on “The Night Before Yom Kippur

    • Yeah, it is kind of an inside joke.
      Shelley (aka Rochelle) is the antagonist in the novel I’m writing, Criminal Mimes. Glad you still found something to chuckle about in the poem.

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  1. Dear Detective Lowry,

    All the repentance and garlic won’t keep your DNR tags safe. I have it on good authority. Shelley says to tell you leave the Apothic Crush by the door and she might think about affording you some mercy. I didn’t know you wrote poetry. Guess you decided to diVersify while on suspension. The invisible box is safe from your prying eyes. Now if you’ll excuse me I have to go find that fork.
    Permanently yours and shalom to Connie and my bestie, LIza Jane,

    Shirley Temple W(T)F

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    • Dear Squirrelly Temple W(T)F,

      No one will ever mistake me for Robert Browning. When I saw the garlic I figured it would lead to a bunch of vampire stories. What’s more scary than a vampire . . . a mime of course!
      The pun on di-Verse-ify made me gag. Got the invisible box in my sights right now.

      Detective Lowry

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  2. I’m a tad verklempt, Russell… Usually we get a two-fer. Oh well. Thank you for not writing about vampires. As for this, it read like a nursery rhyme! Lookit you, you talented one 😉

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