Abraham Sutzkever

Smorgon, Russian Empire
Abraham Sutzkever
Smorgon, Russian Empire

Poems

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1.
A Wagon Of Shoes
The wheels they drag and drag on,
What do they bring, and whose?
They bring along a wagon
Filled with throbbing shoes.
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2.
Frozen Jews
Did you ever see in fields of snow
Frozen Jews, in row upon row?

Breathless they lie, marbled and blue.
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3.
A Trip Through Africa
All the noises, all the sounds, asleep.
Under seven streams sleeps fear.
And the elephant, so deep in sleep,
That you can sneak up, cut off his ear.
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4.
Dawn
Signs of paws — an animal has sown
Like blue roses in the white snow's gleam,
When the sun, new risen and unknown,
Like a baby, casts its piercing scream —
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5.
Grains Of Wheat
Caves, gape open,
Split open under my ax!
Before the bullet hits me —
I bring you gifts in sacks.
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6.
Smoke Of Jewish Children
Only smoke, smoke, hovering smoke,
Dead children — puffs of living smoke.

They call: Mama, mama! from the smoke,
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7.
Gather Me In
Gather me in from all the ends of time, from wood and stone,
Embrace me like letters of a burning prayerbook.
Gather me together — so I can be alone,
Alone with you, and you — in all my limbs.
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8.
Execution
Digging a pit as one must, as they say.
I seek in the earth a solace today.

A thrust and a cut — and a worm gives a start:
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9.
Teacher Mira
With patches on our bodies, striped and parching,
They chase us in the ghetto, streets are marching,
Our buildings say farewell eternally,
Stone faces walk with us at each decree.
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10.
The Ailing Poet To His Friend
Music of torments.
Who is the conductor?
For whom do they play a crescendo?
Later, will any hands applaud?
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