A DEADLY SIN.

Baruch sat with Fay on top of the concrete bomb shelter on the grass area of Ban s !ouse in early e"ening loo ing s ywar# ta ing in the stars sprin le# in the #ar blue sheet of s y an# the moon $uartere# as if someone ha# ta en a slice out of it li e cheese the coal wharf was close# up the shops shut a few stragglers wal e# to the Du e of %ellington for a #rin #eser"e# or not steam trains still went o"er the railway bri#ge o"er &oc ingham Street #isturbing the air Da##y sai# 'ews ille# 'esus Fay sai# loo ing si#e ways at Baruch besi#e her is that true( I thin the &omans #i# the illing the 'ews in# of egge# them on

I suppose Baruch sai# but 'esus himself was a 'ew he a##e# watching a bat flap across the s y catching his eye was he( she sai# frowning he #oesn)t loo 'ewish in the picture in my Bible she sai# he loo s in# of un'ewish Baruch smile# I guess they painte# the 'ewishness out of him he sai# she lay bac on the shelter roof her han#s resting on her stomach loo ing at the s y Baruch lay besi#e her the #ensity of space is fascinating he sai# in# of ma es you won#er how far in it goes an# on !ea"en is out there Da##y sai# Fay suggeste# shyly

beyon# the #eep #ar Baruch watche# another bat flap by the light of stars reaches us long after the star has burnt out an# #ie# he sai# it)s li e seeing ghost stars she laughe# an# reache# for his han# really( she sai# sure are stars are light years away their light ta es many years to reach us she hel# his han# it felt warm in the e"ening air the light from the nearest star left there when we were * years ol# an# now we)re +, an# seeing it here an# now she li e# to feel his han# an# s in she #ismisse# what her father sai#

that to touch a 'ew was a #ea#ly sin.