poet ray greenblatt

Holocaust by Ray Greenblatt

courtesy of emaze

Courtesy of Emaze

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HOLOCAUST
.
I carry it
like a wen on the forehead,
like a tumor in the gut.
I was born in 1940,
where would I have been in Europe?
dead.
My father was Jewish,
my mother gentile—
what would she have done?
she would have gone with us,
no matter what.
          Even down to one/eighth,
so many would have forgotten
their watered down ancestry,
but the creaking Nazi boots
would have eventually
marched up your stairs
down your hallway
hammered on your door
until your life splintered
burned
dissolved.
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Ray Greenblatt has recently been published in: Abbey, Apiary, Boston Literary Magazine, Comstock Review, Clarion, and Painters & Poets.  His experimental novel TWENTY YEARS ON GRAYSHEEP BAY, half poetry and half prose, is being republished by Sunstone Press.