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Evelyn Posamentier
POEMS


MOTHER IN THE SYNAGOGUE: CENTRAL EUROPE


i open the encyclopedia
& there's daddy being hauled off
to jail with hundreds of others
in holiday clothes. the part about
him smoking outside the synagogue
before he was picked up
while mother davened inside on yom kippur
is not in the encyclopedia. i need to
write that in the margin. i need to
note, also, how he made his way
to the corner of the room by spilling
things, village idiot, knocking
buckets about among the room of captured
jews, scrubbing nazi floors in vienna
until he reached the rifle in the corner.