Ode to a Jew Hater

Ode to a Jew Hater
On the 72nd anniversary of Kristallnacht

What we know
we cannot know
the fear burdens
Oh unbearable
oppressive yoke
I am the one you hate
dear anti-Semite
I mean you no harm
you mean me all possibilities
of pain, degradation, suffering and destruction
we live in parallel worlds
separated by your hate
and will to perpetuate
heinous crimes
against me and my people
you see as your eyes claim
we are hardly more
than the dust on your shoes
that you hasten
to remove and discard
as you would any dirt.

                              Harriet Mohr
                            November 9, 2010

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