Three stories in three poems all based off the Jewish family members I'm named after. My name is Sima Rose Greenfield.
Sima lived in Poland, when the Holocaust began,
She heard rumors of Jews being taken from their homes
Of Jews never being heard from again,
Of Jews taken to ghettos then taken to nowhere,
Of Jews hiding in walls,
Then she heard Jews, who were in the woods
They emerged from the forest to fight and die
They emerged to bomb rail road track
They emerged to get food to cramped ghettos
They emerged to kill Nazis
They emerged to take Jews from walls to freedom
They emerged to resist intolerant hands of tyranny
Sima went to the woods with a gun and a glimmer of hope
Because humans deserve better than dying emaciated in a cloud of blue smoke
Rose’s family was ripped apart by the Russians.
Their mansion had a mezuzah- that was a crime.
Her and her daughters were banished to Siberia.
Her husband and son were sent to work to death in Poland.
Rose would not accept that.
Her daughters and she got to Poland.
She bought vodka and wore a short dress.
She was home in the reflection on the glass.
The guards couldn’t say no to beautiful women supplying them booze.
And while the guards drank away their boredom.
A daughter snuck her brother and father past wasted guards.
The family reunited with their tears reflecting moonlit in the forest.
They found a way from Poland’s woods to and an Austrian refugee camp,
From an Austrian refugee camp to the warm embraces of cousins in Danville, IL.
They ran a liquor store.
All the luxuries they had meant nothing compared to eating Shabbat dinner together.
Mikael Grunsfeld came to America from Czechoslovakia
After World War One, pogroms
Seemed to get popular.
So the Grunsfelds decided they didn’t want to wait
Until they were hunted down and murdered.
They sold everything they could to get boat tickets.
Mikael passed Lady Liberty
He was of the huddle masses she lifted her lamp for
He saw hope glowing in her lantern.
He docked in Ellis Island.
He wanted to be an American.
The papers told him he was now Michael Greenfield.