Odessa 1920

My grandma got out of Odessa
hiding in the hay—
of a wagon into which

soldiers stabbed
                             pitchforks in—
again & again…

when I sneezed in September
she told me with a grin:
“That’s why you have hay fever,
from the fear I felt when they—
stuck pitchforks in the hay.”

Ken Goodman

Ken Goodman mates ecstatic meditation & poetry creation in Cleveland, Ohio.
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