September Poetry Feature: Epiphany

By: michael zoldan  |  September 30, 2020


By Michael Zoldan

Each month, the YU Observer sends a call to YU students for poetry submissions following a specific theme. This month, the theme was ‘Epiphany’, and we are featuring Michael Zoldan’s piece, ‘Epiphany.’ Other submissions of honorable mention have been published as well.

cries of pain, cries of joy
gentle care, yet fear and ‘ware

a bag, a bottle, a bed, a gown
a man, a woman, a child, & One

Life begins, life continues
life continues and then life ends
a time to sew and a time to rend

But a week is spent in measured delay
One week to feel life, before the day
One week of joy, one week alone
And one day more to love my boy

cries of pain, cries of joy
recalling all that’s come before
we sit and we learn, and we love and we fight
we are family and tonight’s the first night

This poem was inspired by and intended for my firstborn son Levi who was born on August 11, 2013. 

I will always remember the day because it was the happiest day of my life.

Do you want to see your writing published? The theme for October’s poetry submissions is “Faith.” Send all submissions to by October 21.