“Study of an Old Woman” by Matthijs Maris. Image courtesy of Rijksmuseum.



by Dvorah Telushkin


The Day will come

When I will

No longer

Poison my scalp

With color and

Glamour and glitter

And I will

Allow the white hair

To fall

Down my back

In a braid

Of wisdom.

A day will come.


A day will come

When I will

Take back

My face.


Allow the

Small eyes to be small

Without liner

And shining shadow.

The day will come.


The day will come

When I will no longer

Wobble in thick heels

But center

My feet

On the

G-d given


That is our Heritage.

The day will come.


The Day will come

When I will

Button my

Flannel or velvet


Without black diamonds

To match.


When I will


The Plum Mango Tango



To the natural

Soft wrinkle

Of my rings.

The diamond

From my mother.

The ruby

From our theater trips

At the Pennsylvania shore.


Days of our youth.

Dreaming of

Songwriting and poetry.

The day will come.


The day will come

When I

Will return

To my old self.

And settle into

The leather worn


That is my own.

The day will come.


Between 1975 and 1988, Dvorah Telushkin worked as a personal assistant, editor, and translator for Isaac Bashevis Singer, the Yiddish writer who won the 1978 Nobel Prize in Literature. Her translations appeared in The New Yorker and in collections of Mr. Singer’s stories published by Farrar Straus and Giroux.

Dvorah Telushkin has had a side career as a storyteller and performer of Jewish folklore and literature. She draws much of the material from the classic Yiddish writers and mystics.

In 1997, she published her memoir, Master of Dreams, telling the story of her 12-year apprenticeship with Mr. Singer. The book received wide critical attention, including a review in The New York Times. The Weekly Standard called the book “a fully realized portrait of a writer…a reminder that the author’s life was as fascinating as his best fiction.” Master of Dreams was released in paperback and has also been published in an Hungarian translation.

She is currently completing her first novel, The Cry of the Loon. In addition, she has recently completed a one-woman show, In Search of the Perfect Pocketbook, which is currently being launched. A pocketbook she designed, which is trademarked “Bag N’ Bag,” accompanies the show.