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Noémi

Barred Owl unbarred,
migrant thriving
under Salish Sea moons,
same stars she cried to
from Auschwitz
72 resilient years ago:
   tear-drenched lips
   her only drink, Nazi-starved
   as baby Gábor met Heaven.
Bold steely-eyed survivor,
watershed
upstream spawn,
wild grandmother!
Every fresh beautiful breath, defiance!
Each glass of water, freedom rippling.

Noémi

Barred Owl unbarred,
migrant thriving
under Salish Sea moons,
same stars she cried to
from Auschwitz
72 resilient years ago:
   tear-drenched lips
   her only drink, Nazi-starved
   as baby Gábor met Heaven.
Bold steely-eyed survivor,
watershed
upstream spawn,
wild grandmother!
Every fresh beautiful breath, defiance!
Each glass of water, freedom rippling.

Dave Morrin  32, Seattle

 
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