Lillian Boraks-Nemetz
Jerusalem Street

(Aleje Jerozolimskie Street, Warsaw, Poland)


The animal that haunts me
has a skin of charred cement
and eyes of broken glass

I trace its spirit
in the crevices of hard flesh
and sharp edges

as I draw near
my own blood pulses
into the veins
of Jerusalem Street

through its artery
I drill a passage
towards the child
who blossomed here once
then died behind the ghetto wall


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