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Prayers of a Displaced Person

Every night my father kneels
before the narrow bed
praying for the living
who no longer live for him
praying for the peace of the dead
who will never be dead for him
for his wife Tekia
gone to the camps and madness
for his mother Victoria
who died before the war
a consumptive
for his father Adam
whom he had never loved

Every night praying
reclaiming on his knees
the topography of Golgotha

 

©1999 John Guzlowski

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