A Religion of One

My Featured Blogger this week is Jewish Young Professional, whose pithy poetry and often witty prose never fail to engage me. She is honest and down-to-earth, even confessional–which is all-too-rare a quality in our world today. Read on and you’ll see what I mean!

Jewish Young Professional

When I was five, my dad misinterpreted 
that verse from Leviticus
about not cutting your flesh for the dead
as a prohibition against piercing your ears,

so I never did, and only in high school did I realize
I was following a religion of one –
and I wasn’t even religious.
Even my father eventually forgot
about his own radical interpretation.  
He never noticed when my sisters pierced, 
but I couldn’t bring myself to do it, 
just in case he might be right.  

I still treat my body like a library book on loan,
unable to get a tattoo, to smoke, 
to dye my hair, to lose my virginity.

All of this feels, at twenty-five,
like a giant antique chair in the middle
of an otherwise modernist living room,
too clumsy and impractical for the everyday,
too good to sell or throw away,
though I sometimes sit upon this virginal…

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About mitchteemley

Writer, Filmmaker, Humorist, Thinker-about-stuffer
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16 Responses to A Religion of One

  1. So good! Thanks Mitch for the introduction!

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  2. Just in case. . . . lump in throat

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  3. Thank you, Mitch! I wanted to capture those feelings of belief, doubt, loneliness, and even that bit of self-righteousness at the end. (this narrator’s voice is possibly my favorite of all the poetry I have written). So glad to hear that it has resonated with you and your readers!

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  4. I think it must be awkward to have an inherent knowing of the “dignity of the body” in an age that is accelerating towards trans-humanism. Thanks for these poetic images!

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  5. gpavants says:


    Thanks. Love her thoughts.

    Thank you,


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  6. revruss1220 says:

    This is great stuff! So raw and open. Thanks for sharing, Mitch.

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  7. Hetty Eliot says:

    I literally just started following this blogger! She’s really great.

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  8. Jyotsna Atre says:

    Always the self doubt / planted deep / In an act of / reverence/

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  9. Really like it, extremely good 👍 How are you Mitch ?

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  10. Ray Stiles says:

    Well Mitch that does explain a lot about your Dad’s grand torino ranchero and Clint Eastwood Bee Vang https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RMhbr2XQblk


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