Bialy-Stock

  He was a bialy-eater. 

Bialys are a relative 

of the bagel,tasty

onion-and-poppy-seed-centered. 

(I learned to bake them.)
His Jewish ancestors 

came from the part of Poland

where pogroms

 and Nazis

decimated

his people

but never managed to kill

the spirit. 
Spirit and strength

my husband had

in abundance. 
His electric-fast wit

 lightened

many difficult times. 

His astonishing 

memory

and generous listening

combined with

titanium-strength 

tenacity

made him a gifted

healer: a doctor who saved 

and restored 

many lives. 
He loved life

with an intensity that

few people live, ever–

and he did

even during years with

advanced cancer. 
Some of our best time

was drinking coffee

eating bialys 

with lox and cheese

looking out the windows–
together. 

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