Bagel Heaven – Bruce Black

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Bagel Heaven
wasn’t the name of
the bakery but it
could have been–
that’s how it felt to
bite into a bagel after
eight days of dust-filled
mouths chewing dry brittle
crumbs of freedom, never
imagining as we crossed the sea
and wandered in the desert for
forty years that we’d ever reach
the promised land or that it’d be
filled with milk and honey and
bagels on the corner of Broadway
and West 72nd Street.


Bruce Black graduated from Columbia College in New York and Vermont College of Fine Arts. His work has appeared in Elephant Journal, Blue Lyra Review, Chicken Soup for the Soul, Tiferet Journal, The Jewish Exponent, The Jewish Times, Reform Judaism Magazine, and elsewhere. He lives in Sarasota, FL.