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MARJORIE STAMM ROSENFELD is a former university press editor, university English instructor, and U.S. Navy ballistic missile analyst who has done poetry therapy with mental patients and made three Web sites to commemorate perished Eastern European Jewish communities. Her poems have been published on the Internet and in journals and anthologies both nationally and internationally.

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After Auschwitz
Marjorie Stamm Rosenfeld

I did not look for her.

Some part in me was

certain she was dead.

My dream? — that she

survived. I could not

look, would not

confirm my fear.


I made her live. Live—

I constructed effigy

on effigy. I had no place

to lay a stone for her.

In dreams I skipped

that stone across a lake

No ford. I could not go

to where she might

have been. My legs

were lead. I could

not go.


Did someone hold her,

body’s end? Light fled,

who pulled the curtains

down? Some part in me

rejected reason, fact.

I did not look. I could

not bear to see.