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Post-weekend Poetry 043: Keyboard by Abbie Lipschutz

Welcome to Post-weekend Poetry and the forty-third poem in this series. This week’s piece is by non-fiction author, autobiographer and interviewee Abbie Lipschutz.

Keyboard

You’ve come to be
the keyboard of my soul

I speak to you
in whispers
no,
in clicks

My e-mails
are museums
of my life

No longer
do I crave
the talk,
the cuddles,
the warm bodies
The talks
that over endless years,
have worn
all subjects thin,
used up

I now
sit happy by my screen
in a cocoon,
embracing both
computer and myself

You are by now,
the keyboard of my soul.

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Those who know me (and how much I’m attached to my computer) would definitely say I’m cocooned. Thank you, Abbie.

For nine decades, Abbie Lipschutz has been a fighter, lover, writer, dilettante musician and classical music commentator. He is a clinically happy soul who possesses Offensive Charm and Unjustified Arrogance, qualities that have served him well over the years. He was a kibbutznik in Palestine in the early 40s, a veteran of the Dutch Prinses Irene Brigade in World War II, and a volunteer in Israel’s War of Independence, 1948-1949. By then he had long lost his beliefs in the Zionist-Socialist dreams. Nonetheless, he joined, feeling that 2000 years of persecution had been enough.

Having made a living for 50 years as a wholesale diamond peddler throughout the American South, he discovered the vastness of our land, its Big Sky and its multi-colored characters. He ended his diamond career in 1999 after being held up at gunpoint. Seeing van Gogh’s painting, “The Potato Eaters,” at age 14 changed his life by turning him into a political radical, which he has still remained. Thoreau’s phrase,” Most men live lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them,” confirmed what van Gogh’s painting had conveyed to him years before. Husband, father, and grandfather, he has written a memoir filled with the sights, sounds, scents, songs and surprises of a soulful, vigorous life well-lived. His book connects the generations in one grand sweep of hope, love, and peace. His website is http://www.abbielipschutz.com.

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The blog interviews will return as normal tomorrow with non-fiction devotional author and novelist Kimberley Payne – the five hundred and twenty-second of my blog interviews with novelists, poets, short story authors, bloggers, biographers, agents, publishers and more. A list of interviewees (blogged and scheduled) can be found here. If you like what you read, please do go and investigate further. And I enjoy hearing from readers of my blog; do either leave a comment on the relevant interview (the interviewees love to hear from you too!) and / or email me.

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