This too is bread

The final objective of rational anti-Semites must be the removal of the Jews altogether.
–Adolf Hitler, 1919.


They made scythes
out of ink
and nobody
seemed to notice.

Cold blue scratchings chilled
hatred’s warning heat,

made finality a solution,
a simple pruning.

An ocean away,
you lanced yourself
and bled onto pages

bright red
mixed with tears


Hold them close
and smell the cinders,

the wet blood,

the hollow
cost of knowing
we are
already dead.

This too is bread, Abe.

Not of action,
but conscience:

the endless liturgy
of human souls.

[for A.M. Klein]

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