Here are a few shorter poems I have written regarding the Shoah, written in the 1970s and 1980s.
Like Milk and Meat
It’s like milk and meat nowadays,
or at least it should be:
some people wait a few hours,
some a little less,
between a Holocaust book
and an ice cream cone.
It’s strange there’s no formal law
Forty years after the War,
there should be a rule.
A studentfriend who may have learned from me
to read the writings on the wall
reported faithfully a recent contribution
to the underground of wisdom
Between the Jesussaves and posters for the lottery
somewhere on a newyork subway there was written
ALL JEWS REPORT TO BERGEN BELSEN
Mine is not to poecize a meaning
(too many butchering words are written)
I do best to sit in silence
Yitzchak took his tea
in Yohrzeit glasses.
“It reminds me,”
placing a lump of sugar
between his teeth