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Purim in

  1939 was a drawn-out affair

family tickets split into Irish Sweepstakes fractions

  of incalculable worth

No sexy manipulator for Adolph here

a nation of

  Hammans and their ilk

proclaiming innocence through

  obedience

  ignorance

  citizenship


which worked

especially as the Ratzingers and Waldheims survived

  to flog their virtues.


We tried disguises

  my mother, blond, blue-eyed, busty

couldn’t possibly be a yid

  so her family had potatoes

  cousins were smuggled jewels and money


all pointless

flailing   in the face of a train

  a car

     a naked, scared shower

gasping for the air their luck would never grant.



Shlomi, at 52, is still the mentally limber man he knows he is

... the physical specimen is _very_ hopeful.