By Mark Fleisher
Yahrzeit Yiddish word marks the anniversary of a loved one’s passing She was not Jewish but I light a Yahrzeit candle Our Lady of Guadalupe candle call it ecumenical Yahrzeit Born Catholic raised Catholic educated Catholic in time a discontented Catholic Tried the Lutheran brand didn’t fit Drifted to Episcopalians call it Catholic light Labels, all What of them? Only the light matters
A native of Brooklyn, New York, now living in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Mark Fleisher has published three books of poetry – with some prose and photographs thrown in – Moments of Time; Intersections: Poems from the Crossroads; and Reflections: Soundings from the Deep, in addition to collaborating on a chapbook titled Obituaries of the Living. His work has appeared in numerous online and print anthologies in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, and India. After receiving a journalism degree from Ohio University, Fleisher enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and served a year in Vietnam as a combat news reporter. He was awarded a Bronze Star among other decorations. Before turning to poetry, Fleisher held reporting and editing positions with newspapers in New York and Washington, D.C.