Déjà Vu

Heterochromatic eyes

staring into the past and future.

A young boy

celebrating Purim

in 1932

feels two-fold

the burning heat

of genocidal threat.

.

A grogger shakes

as a hand rises to salute

the horrid mastermind

who rose to combat

those he thought were less

than his equals.

.

A time in Adar

was chosen for

Haman’s

Final Solution.

Pavasaris,

the time of new life,

was designated

a time of death

for those sons of Haman

whose lives

passed into Autumn.

.

Hitler predicted

a second Purim.

Ahasuerus could not annul

his previous decree.

When the future boy,

now a bereft man,

celebrates this second Purim

he burns a candle

in the hope there will not be

a third.

_________________________________________________

This poem, along with the other poems categorized under the Labkovski Project section, were written for the LAMOTH exhibit on David Labkovski’s life and art.

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