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Bubbe and Zeydeh by Galia Admoni


They would have done anything for the 
privilege of dying without
passports.

To know that their armchairs and

vases would exist, to be used by 

their great-great-grandchildren.


Once, I sulked that Savta’s wedding dress from

the photograph wasn’t kept for me. 


A child, simply misunderstanding 

how things were never left behind 

out of spite.


I cherish the photographs now – 

threadbare sepia moments of 

lives I will never truly know.


Sometimes I put on Aunt Polly’s black velvet cape 

and feel held through the generations by its warmth.


And I cried when I hung the Mezuzah on the door of 

my first home, knowing I could stay 

as long as I chose.


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Galia is a British-Israeli writer, musician and crafter, who works full time as Head of English, media and film at a secondary school in North London. She has lectured at the Shakespeare Institute, the British Library and is on the committee for the London Association for the Teaching of English. Follow her on Twitter @galiamelon

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