Poem Of The Month ( You must read this)

Rose

Rose Mallinger, of Squirrel Hill, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Rose was not a Holocaust survivor.

Rose was a lively 97 year old.

Most of us never knew her.

That’s the way it should have been.

 

But now we know:   she was a mother

a mother to 2 sons and a daughter

unlike so many others of her time.

She was a proud grandmother

to 5 grandchildren, 1 great grandchild

who called her  bubbie

Yiddish for grandmother.

 

We  also know:   Rose Mallinger

born 1923, in Pennsylvania

died in her synagogue

on Tuesday, October 28, 2018

in the delightfully named area of Pittsburgh, Squirrel Hill

in one of the original United States,

in the land of the free, home of the brave

shot dead by an American nazi.

 

And this too we know:

no matter the ovens were more than an ocean away,

no matter the gas was more than a half century ago,

the “full of life” Rose    bubbie    and ten more

are no longer Holocaust survivors.

 

( By Hal Gimpelson,  Paraparaumu October 2018)

This was read by Hal at Poets to the People – very moving and appreciated by the audience. Well do Hal it’s a thoughtful poem.

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