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Zweiundzwanzig Aßmanshauserstraße

By Olivia Weissblum


I dictate
in your direction
as if I were the one
who had lived
my entire life
not thirty miles
from you.

But the truth is:

ü I have never
seen Berlin
in Winter,
when the streets
frost over
and one needs
a sturdy
wool
hat
to keep the ears
from
falling
off.

I have never:
experienced
a sunset
later than eight o'clock
or,
at twenty,
ordered a Pilsner
in a bar.

Being Jewish
tended to be
as insignificant
as it was
significant.

Twenty.

Thirty.

Eight.

(19) Thirty-eight.

Twenty-two.

Zwanzig Jahre.

Dreizig Meilen.

Acht Uhr.

(Neunzehn) Achtunddreizig.

Zweiundzwanzig Aßmanshauserstraße.

Your black adornments are profound
against
your
ivy.

Tell me:

Do you have scars
from what left you behind?
From what
Happened?

Were you ever patched up
after smashed windows
Happened?

Were you ever repainted
after propaganda
Happened?

Do you have greetings
for a memory
twice reflected?
(reflected?)
(reflected?)

2x
Zweimal
(gespiegelt)?

20
Zwanzig
(Jahre alt)?

30
Dreizig
(Meilen entfernt nicht geboren)?

8
Acht
(Uhr Sonnenuntergang)?

1938
Neunzehnachtunddreizig
(entgangen)?

75
Funfundsieben
(Jahre abwesend)?

2013
Zweitausenddreizehn
(an Sie zurückgekommen)?

22
Zweiundzwanzig
Zweiundzwanzig

Zweiundzwanzig Aßmanshauserstraße…

Ich komme
zweimal gespiegelt
(zweimal gespiegelt)
(zweimal gespiegelt)
an Sie
zurück.








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