Evelyn Posamentier


simple. just download the forms from
the insurance commissioner's website
& return them completed for inclusion
in the holocaust claims database.
or even fill them out online.
it was raining
the day i hurried down market street
in my new trenchcoat along with
the daily rush of commerce workers.
why isn't grandfather talking to me today
from the dead, or presumed dead.
man of commerce, war vet, p.o.w.
in tashkent, WWI medals
& all. i enter the auditorium for
the hearings. i am silent & without papers.
the evening news crewman behind me focuses
a long lens, an over-the-shoulder shot.
grandfather says this is not private enough.
he can't tell me here. not now.