My Home at it was
once upon a time
By Shmuel Goldwasser
Ramat-Gan, Israel, 1966
In honor of the kedoshim of my shtetl Klimontow
And all the sons and daughters got up to find solace and commiserate
Jacob says to his sons
do you know the place of any remains? That I can
find solace by bringing it to burial.
What does the poem tell us?
I do not intend to honor what "was", but I do want to show the
"shtetl" maybe, just as it was left.
Now that we enjoy a higher standard of living, maybe we can look at our
prototypes as comic-tragic that even get us to smile. The poem will take us
through the neighborhood that we once lived in and were fully integrated into,
a part of it. The honoring does not aim to serve history. Neither is it meant
to compete with the sifrei-zicaron where everyone, living in Israel, and coming
from different places, describes and emphasizes the destruction of their own
communities. The poem and the little pictures gives us a chance to miss those
who are far away in the past yet still with us, at every opportunity,
"both in happiness and sorrow" we feel that they exist and are alive
as they were then.
My home as it was,
Once upon a time
Do not believe what is said.
Why shed tears?
The ones you mourn,
You can see and hear.
Wherever I go
And wherever I come,
We are together
For they surround me.
Not only in dreams,
When awake, also,
They say "shulum"
I see them at home,
On the street
Teasing one another
I see them in the stores,
Also at the stalls,
I see them, everywhere.
From far and miles away.
There they sit, the idlers.
In wagons of the goyem.
The bundles in between the ladder,
Protected from the rain.
Blessing the moon
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