VITERBO UNIVERSITY | SPRING 2014 | VOLUME 78

TOUCHSTONE

LITERATURE

WARSAW GHETTO

Sonja Larson

there stands a park
green grass grows
pigeons coo and hobble over rain-saturated ground
the trees are green with lichen
already looking aged and wise

students walk by
businessmen with umbrellas
and an old woman digging through the trash

even the trees didn’t see the sadness here
the suffering and
the dying.

all that stands is a flat metal line
MUR GHETTO 1940
GHETTO WALL 1943

the grass has moved on
the trees give new leaves

new life begins and others forget

but the earth knows the loss
gathers it in her hands
transforming it into new life
to hope.

gently whispering
to those who stop to remember