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As we travel to Dachau,

killing grounds for Stefan’s mother,

sister, aunt, grandmother,

my brain’s constant refrain

as we taxi from train to historic gate,

as I scour the benign driver’s face,

wondering what he did during the war,

what I might have done, born to his life,

as my family strolls through shadows

cast by massive chimneys,

as I sit on a rusted bunk,

nursing our son.

 

 

 

Laura Foley is the author of four poetry collections including The Glass Tree, which won the Foreword Book of the Year Award, and Joy Street, which won the Bi-Writer’s Award. Her poems have appeared in journals and magazines including Valparaiso Poetry Review, Atlanta Review, Inquiring Mind, Pulse Magazine, Weatherings, Poetry Nook, Lavender Review, The Mom Egg Review, and many others. www.laurafoley.net.

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