The Sound of Rape


Nix Angst! Yells the soldier / who just raped / my wife / in front of our baby / don’t fear! A pat on the shoulder / and an earnest smile / from a man no longer a man / Russki gut! He says / in broken German / I, a half Jew / have been forced / to trade one master for another / and the look on her face is like a shovel dug into my chest / don’t look / she had said / I couldn’t oblige / the wailing of our child / is a train coming to a sudden halt / of steel grinding against steel / of human beings robbing each other of humanity / it is the sound of rape / imprinted into paper skin / of a rose crushed into a book

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