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April 21, 1978 - Image 47

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1978-04-21

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THE DETROIT 161198 .1i199

Another Passover

Symphony

Much that is irretrievable
By GEORGES A. PERLA
My context
Passover once again
The continuity that defines
And the candles are lit
And in joy we recall how the Angel of Death spared our The immemorial mulch on which consciousness thrives
My People
house
Is buried in the fields of Poland
How we took our first steps
Into freedom
And I
Find myself
It is indeed a time to remember
A man
The youngest one will say the fateful words
Incomplete
And we will drink the consecrated wine
Reaching across the tides of time to hold our brother's hands Severed
From the life lines of my ancestral roots
We will be Jews again
The villages once graced with song
But on our walls
Are overgrown with grass
In dustry frames
Mere pasture for the beasts
The bearded Patriarch -.-
The city streets
Our grandfather
Bent to the rhythms of their dance for a millenium
Surrounded by his sons his daughters and his wife
Are
willfully sundered from their memory
And the children
Who would have been our contemporaries .. .
And my children
And my children's children
The frame is black
Will not immerse their alienated souls into the bath
Oh my People
Inspiriting
Forgotten
Of ancestral existence
But for the vivid hue of Poland's wildflowers
So that they might commune with our Fathers
Were you not more precious
And recognizing them
Than the dying whales
Be more truly themselves
More irreplaceable
But on this Passover I shall remember
Than the martyred dolphins
Other things
The baby seals?
I shall recall another Passover
Passover is a time for me to conjure up
When in despair
Those
Knowing at last
I never truly forget
That it was time
Who live
To die
Shadowy shapes
In
dignity
In the recesses of my soul
For life had been cherished
Absent
A Gift
From the matrix of my living
But there was no Spirit to consecrate
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And so this Passover
I shall rededicate myself
To life
The life that they consigned
To me
My People's life
And I shall not forget
Lest I also forget from whence I come
For they now live only
Through the stoking of my anger and grief
And I shall not forgive
For they died in anguish
And agony
But I shall pray
Tenderly call their names
This Passover we marked our house
The Black Angel once again has spared us
Let us rejoice!

In this dawning of spring
I shall repeat the names of those who died
With tenderness
And be nourished on their ashes
And arise once again
A Man.

Dulzin Elected
Agency Head

JERUSALEM — Leon
Dulzin was unanimously
elected acting chairman of
the Jewish Agency Execu-
tive by the agency's board.
Max M. Fisher, chairman
of the board of governors,
announced that Dulzin's
election to the position of
chairman of the executive
must be ratified by the
global convocation of
Jewish communal and
Zionist leadership.
Fisher also announced
that former Detroiter Irwin
Field of Los Angeles and
Sylvia Hassenfeld of Provi-
dence, R. I., have been
elected members of the
board. Detroiter Paul Zuc-
kerman is also a member,
representing the United Is-
rael Appeal.

Friday, April 21, 1918 41

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