Anne Woodborne – Kol Nidrei – a moment

He carried his cello onto the stage,
settled himself and began to play;
a deep, rich sound sang
from the belly of the cello
the Jewish prayer for the dead,
rising, falling in phrases of mournful beauty,
full of yearning for all who have gone-
the orchestra followed softly.
Strange – a gentile boy playing Kaddish-
a gentle, gentile boy singing to the dead,
drawing mellow sadness from his cello strings,
singing instead of an old Rabbi.
The last note died into a silence
followed by a hush. Someone said,
‘He has an old soul.’

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