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Posted on November 18, 2016 | Blog Category:
By Gary Margolis



Maybe I shouldn’t tell you I wear 
a star under my shirt. 
Having heard two swastikas

were seen magic-marked 
on our Havaruh’s door. 
Here, in a country town, more

of a house than a city’s 
synagogue. Maybe I shouldn’t 
say how much or how little

I pray. How disturbing it is
to remember the numbers I saw
inked on a man’s wrist,

when I was a boy. 
What, a few weeks ago,
I felt in Birkenau, fields

of chimneys and smoke I thought
I could smell, the bodies still
burning. What I prayed I hoped

would never happen again
anywhere. South and north.
To name two known directions. 

Although given what’s happening 
in Standing Rock, I have to remember
what it is we did. we do in the West. 

What is being done, far east of us. 
Collaterally. What a coward
of a word we’re using. Leading me

to say, what I’m saying here
is me and not a poem’s speaker.
The star I wrote at the top 

of the page is the Star of David.
A star under my shirt I can trace
in magic-marker.

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