Concerning Sadness
by Kara Candito


It is a form of sadness
when a man lifts his son high from the
__ground
to read the inscription on the Holocaust
__Memorial.
The vertical patterns of the street
__ violinist's bow
move like the pistons of a train's
__engine.
A woman steps down from the train
__platform
dropping her indigo scarf and her face
__that is running with tears.
This woman who will be my grandmother
__watches the cargo train
being filled by boys with runny noses.
It is winter. Removing his glove,
a man with the number 'one-eighty-five'
Tattooed along the outside of his palm,
wipes the frozen crust from beneath his
__nose.
I press my face to a misty windowpane.

I press my face to a misty windowpane.
To wipe the frozen crust from beneath
__his nose,
A man with the number 'one-eighty-five'
tattooed along the outside of his palm,
removes his gloves. It is winter.
This woman who will be my grandmother
__watches the cargo train being filled by boys with runny noses.
Dropping her indigo scarf and her face
__that is running with tears,
this woman steps down from the train
__platform.
The pistons of the train's engine move
__like
the vertical patterns of the street
__violinist's bow.
To read the inscription on the Holocaust
__Memorial,
a man lifts his son high from the
__ground.






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