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Wildcard

( after Yehuda Amichai )    
       
"...I should like someone to remember
that there once lived a person named
David Berger."
-- David Berger (in his last letter, Vilna, 1941)  

 
There is peace beyond the grave  
or material hardening of soil
after life acquiesces
  its due diligence to death—
 
or the space between parent
and prodigal child, returning—
ribcage splintered in repentance
  for a peaceful resolution
 
What is it, then, when a honey bee
surrenders its sting to survive—
  yet dies naturally anyway
 
For some men, peace comes
in remembrance—
not for who they were as humans;
  or, what they accomplished—
 
but only that they existed—
their history contingent upon
  the wildcard of another's recollection
~  
 
#Yehuda Amichai        
 
Ahavati
Written by Ahavati
Published | Edited 8th Mar 2020
Author's Note
Every National Holocaust Remembrance Day, I share the memory of David Berger. This painting (Oil/Sumi on Canson, 2004 thereabouts) is a depiction of what I "felt" he was experiencing when writing. I...
Every National Holocaust Remembrance Day, I share the memory of David Berger. This painting (Oil/Sumi on Canson, 2004 thereabouts) is a depiction of what I "felt" he was experiencing when writing. I felt his favorite color was blue, and added yellow for warmth. May he rest in peace. The frame is a 1942 frame, with 1943 newspaper still lining the back.

David was born in 1915 in Przemysl, south-east Poland, and was shot dead in Vilnius, Lithuania at just 19 years of age. You can view an actual photo here:
https://www.hmd.org.uk/resource/david-berger/

Non-entry entry for the Classic Corner Comp, Gods Change, Prayers Stay the Same: https://deepundergroundpoetry.com/forum/competitions/read/11292/

Reference Poem, 'Wildpeace'—https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/54294/wildpea
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