Yael’s Story

Yael’s Story

 

Barbara Hantman

 

                                           

                                             (A pantoum in memory of painter, poet, and Holocaust

                                              survivor Yala Korwin)

                                            

 

Father taught tarbut – Hebrew his champion:

“We’re all Levites, with right to temple rites!”

Mother’s joyful pride: cooking, kindling, blessing –

Will no one see snatched lambs restored ere death?

 

We’re all Levites with right to temple rites.

“You must leave art school!” – though given gift divine.

Will no one see snatched lambs restored ere death?

Parents erased – to live seems a disgrace.

 

“You must leave art school!” – though given gift divine.

False passport-savior from righteous friend’s sibling;

Parents erased – to live seems a disgrace:

Munitions work in enemy land leaves scars.

 

False passport-savior from righteous friend’s sibling.

“Stop work!”  GI’s cycle to factory gate –

Munitions work in enemy land leaves scars.

DP Camp, Paris, New York City:  Hope blooms! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Women in Judaism: A Multidisciplinary Journal Spring 2014 Volume 11 Number 2

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