Today marks the first day of Hanukkah, so why not peruse a few Hanukkah poems in celebration? Visit the Poetry Foundation’s site here to find a selection of poems inspired by Hanukkah and the Jewish faith. Here is one of the poems you can expect to find:
Chanukah Lights Tonight
By Steven Schneider
Our annual prairie Chanukah party—
latkes, kugel, cherry blintzes.
Friends arrive from nearby towns
and dance the twist to “Chanukah Lights Tonight,”
spin like a dreidel to a klezmer hit.
The candles flicker in the window.
Outside, ponderosa pines are tied in red bows.
If you squint,
the neighbors’ Christmas lights
look like the Omaha skyline.
The smell of oil is in the air.
We drift off to childhood
where we spent our gelt
on baseball cards and matinees,
cream sodas and potato knishes.
No delis in our neighborhood,
only the wind howling over the crushed corn stalks.
Inside, we try to sweep the darkness out,
waiting for the Messiah to knock,
wanting to know if he can join the party.
Poets.org also has a selection of Hanukkah-inspired poems you can browse through right here.
Happy Hanukkah from Five Points!