Earlier this month we watched again (with son) Schindler's List.
Earlier this week I read to my son "An Indian Education" by Sherman Alexie, which is a brilliant piece and contains the sentence in the subject line.)
Yesterday I finished listening to THE OLD BROWN SUITCASE by Lilian Boraks-Nemetz, narrated by Sofia Newman (thank you, SYNC free summer audiobooks program!)
Which brings me to today, Poetry Friday. Please visit globe-trotting Sylvia at Poetry for Children for Roundup!
My offering is Part 6 of Alexie's 7-part poem "Inside Dachau" It's powerful in its straightforward simplicity, and it's helping me to find my own words as I attempt to write about how I, a white 21st century American woman, relate to to these (and other) holocausts.
6. after we are free
If I were Jewish, how would I mourn the dead?
I am Spokane. I wake.
If I were Jewish, how would I remember the past?
I am Spokane. I page through the history books.
If I were Jewish, how would I find the joy to dance?
I am Spokane. I drop a quarter into the jukebox.
If I were Jewish, how would I find time to sing?
I am Spokane. I sit at the drum with all of my cousins.
If I were Jewish, how would I fall in love?
I am Spokane. I listen to an Indian woman whispering.
If I were Jewish, how would I feel about ash?
I am Spokane. I offer tobacco to all of my guests.
If I were Jewish, how would I tell the stories?
I am Spokane. I rest my hands on the podium.
If I were Jewish, how would I sleep at night?
I am Spokane. I keep the television playing until dawn.
If I were Jewish, how would I find my home?
I am Spokane. I step into the river and close my eyes.