How to Get a Jewish Divorce
Don’t live in the same house with your wife
after you’ve decided to divorce her. See your rabbi,
find a scribe. Observe the sun, divorce
proceedings must take place during daylight.
Do not let the scribe use a form, or any paper
that can be erased, it should be parchment.
Choose two righteous men as witnesses.
Your wife removes all rings, holds cupped hands
beside each other, palms up, fingers
somewhat raised. You hold the Get, tell her
This is your divorce. Accept this document
and you are divorced from me from here on.
Allow the paper to fall into her hands.
She closes her fingers around the document,
lifts it up, places it under her arm, walks away.
Have no further contact.
Delaware native Nina Bennett is the author of Sound Effects (2013, Broadkill Press Key Poetry Series chapbook #4). Her poetry has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies such as Kansas City Voices, Big River Poetry Review, Houseboat, Bryant Literary Review, Yale Journal for Humanities in Medicine, Philadelphia Stories, and The Broadkill Review. Nina was a 2012 Best of the Net nominee.