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      Av 10, 5770, 7/21/2010

      Poetry Submission: LAMENTATIONS 5 by Isaac Mozeson


      LAMENTATIONS 5 
      by Isaac Mozeson

                                          
      I
       
      Score O’ Lord
      what has befallen us,
      feel and share our recent shame.
       
      Anatevka's gone to the dogs;
      our synagogues
      are Soviet museums.
      A generation's orphaned
      of our Father, leaving us
      widows' fears and survivors' guilt.
       
      II
       
      We've paid the train ride to our own cremations;
      we've literally dug our own graves.
       
      We’re up to our necks
      in ghettos and gallows:
      even in labor camps
      we’re worked to our bones.
       
      And where the Axis let us flee,
      the Allies turned us back.
       
      III
       
      Our fathers took religion
      as the air they breathed:
      so now we gasp for breath in chambers
      of horrors forewarned in your forgotten book.
                 
      The subject Slavs enslaved us,
      happy to hunt the enemy of their enemy;
      the Anglos delayed liberation;
      sparing train tracks, sparing useful killers.
       
      We risked and bartered our bodies for bread,
      between the hungry mouths
      of machine guns.
       
      Our skin crusted in the ovens,
      with no meat on our bones.
       
       
      IV
       
      Farmwives who kept family purity
      laws were gang-raped
      along with Berlin debutantes.
       
      Surgeons were strung by their hands;
      rabbis beards were ripped away.
       
      Selections sawed up families;
      children swept like wood chips.
       
      Sages were stolen from their studies,
      schoolboys plucked from piano lessons.
       
      V
      We were numbed past fear;
      hope became sarcasm.
       
      They'd half proven that
      we're not chosen,
      a genocide for a deicide.
       
      After this our courage was crushed,
      our vision darkly dimmed.
       
      Who could see an Israel
      in Britain's Palestine?
       
      Yet the sun could never set
      On the empire of our Lord.
       
      VI
       
      Why did it take forever
      to remember us?
      You abandoned us too long
      to the free will of men.
       
      Turn history back to us, Lord,
      and we'll turn it back to you.

      # # #

      This interpretive rendition of Lamentations (Aichah)
      chapter 5 is in Isaac Mozeson's Collected Poems (Amazon Kindle, 2009)

      To submit your poem of Jewish and/or Israeli content email bbresky@israelnationalradio.com with the subject line: Poetry Submission.