after Meng Hao-jamThe new maple leaves blow outside my window
With the imperceptible weight of all they have brought
From inside themselves.
The years go by with nothing to show
But this empty room filled with candles & weeping.
The rulers of the world have so many errors left
& so the Universe endures its gaping wounds
filled with mountain berries
As we pass through the battlefield
Where the spring moon shines.
Among the white bones
Of those turned into other beings
I think of Meng Hao-jam who wrote
Of his friend, the poet Wang Wei,
"Few in this world hear the same music as I."
23 May 1999
THE ONEG SHABBAT ARCHIVE,
CRACOW SYNAGOGUE WINDOW,
& GOLD PAINTED ARC WITH THE WORDS
KNOW BEFORE WHOM YOU STAND,
I HELD THE PASSPORT OF SANDOR BRAUM
Born 14 July 1930 in Romania, one day a babysitter took him for a walk.
When she fell asleep, the young boy wandered into the forest where he was
found and cared for by a band of roaming gypsy musicians. Three days later
they returned him to his parents who for his next birthday gave him
a small violin. Deported with his family in May, 1944, he ended up at Dachau
where one day an SS guard came into his barracks with the promise of extra
food to anyone would could play the violin he had in his hands. There were
three volunteers. The first played well, but the work boss smashed his
skull with an iron pipe. The second, too scared to play, was kicked to
death. Gripping the pipe tightly in one hand, with the other the
guard held out the violin. Without thinking, he played the "Blue Danube."
Pleased, the guard gave him the extra ration. On April 29, 1945, he was
the only member of his family liberated from the death camp. In 1950, he
emigrated to the US where he became a composer and professional violinist.
27 May 1999
Cybertron, I am a culture of one.
Aliens have taken hold of your voice.
I still lace dollar bills in the hair of statued
Cybertron, in the sugar violets of your circuitry,
To distance us from too-near painful experience.
Cybertron, is this too technical?
4 June 1999
I move with the spirit
1 May 1999