Sarah Elkins

Holding the Zero Point

He was three
When the Palestinians
Turned September black
Overtook the Israelis
The 1972 Munich Olympics
“We just got the final word”
He is holding the zero point
Asleep in his bed
As the Olympics close
Forty years now
He’s at the 32nd reach
Blood increasing
Eleanor Roosevelt
At his side, urging
Through time
“We must do that
which we think we cannot.”
He is wide open
The gold standard
A married Orthodox
Jewish father
Of four
He is the new scroll
The word of the day
Much more than a
Simple summer