In those days Harvey Kaplan judged all Israel.
He also judged most corned beef sandwiches
to be inadequate
to be corrupt numbskulls. He judged
his late wife’s dumplings
superb and his successful
adult children as inept. He judged
to be woefully poor negotiators but
when Mr. Kaplan died
a voice from the Great Throne
invited him to sit in a nearby chair
in the judging
while a breeze from Eden
of fruit unknown in the lower world,
Harvey Kaplan’s lenient
his beloved wife.
Harry Rand’s book of prose poems, The Clouds, was selected by New York’s Grolier Society as one of the 77 perfect books of the 20th century (1910-2010). He is employed as Senior Curator of Cultural History at the Smithsonian Institution.