Wednesday, February 9, 2011

23 Write about an Ancestor


When the
steamship tickets arrived
in the mail
you said no.

You would rather
stay here
with the
hatred you know
then go
to the dark
of a new world
no better than
this one.

And when I look
at your passport photo,
I cant help
but think of all
the journey's you
never took.

How fear holds
us all in place,
glues us
to the miserable moment,
traps light
in its black prism.

Alone in our
tiny village,
for the
to take us
to a
we don't
dare to imagine.

Barry Lane For my Great Aunt Rifka who died in Poland circa 1943

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