SPRINGTIME

A new season A new life all around. . . . I am looking through My living-room windows At the redbud tree Full of crimson flowers And budding leaves on The big maple tree. What a sight! There is even, In the courtyard, A bubbling fountain With bushes in bloom, Surrounded by red flowers in their splendor. I do not miss so much My beautiful backyard Full of purple violets In the house Where I used to live. I am happy! That’s a fact! In springtime, There are daily changes, With some rain, Lots of sunshine, Gentle winds caressing, And everything...

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A COMMITMENT FOR YOM HASHOAH

Dear God, how do we honor our loved ones and the millions who so tragically perished? Will it please you that we meet like this to pray together to remember them in our hearts and souls, that their memory will always be cherished? Till the end of time, till the rivers and oceans run dry, so long as there is somebody left to lift their eyes to the sky! We humbly ask for your guidance and help– to ease our pain and sorrow— so we can live and cry and mourn in hope for yet another tomorrow! Hilda...

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Unforgettable Memories

Again and again The memories flood my mind, Intense, deeply felt, Strong, piercing, Tightly impregnable, hard. I am bracing myself against the wall, Trying to unwind In prayers! Only this way does The tension in me break.     It takes a long, long time To cope, to soften the pain, But these memories Resurface again, Again, and again.   I am trying to Rescue my troubled mind From Auschwitz-Birkenau, The gruesome site. I cling to hope for this memory To unwind—to leave, So I can again cherish my life For a time. by Hilda Lebedun...

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O, My Back!

My spine decided It needed more attention From me! It really seriously Let me know Its attachment to me. I did not know It needed much care Until I wound up In Intensive Care. How far we came From open-back surgery. The computer helped With the analogy Deep puncture tubes Were made To deliver cement To the painful Broken spine. Twice! After orders From the docs To take very good Care for my fragile spine! And follow The orders given For my daily life! Period! There are many things I cannot do, Some absolutely not! Remember the Horrendous...

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Upset

My resilience is fading, But I try to hold it tight. I had this kind of discomfort Many times before. I just did not think The problem would again return, Especially from Long before. I am visiting The Tooth Fairy Every week, And that upsets Me the most.   –Hilda Lebedun (Sept. 2012; rev., Feb. 2013)

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In Memoriam

My being is engulfed in deep sorrow. The loss of my dear sister Selma Is very hard to swallow.   I am trying to digest the loss, The sadness, pain and tears Which follow. . . . I am trying to reverse this By remembering our growing up together And listening to classical music On the Victrola, Needing winding And changing the recording, We did not bicker What to play We liked the music anyway. It made me remember How we took care Of each other In the Holocaust.   How we enjoyed being alive and hearing that we were free! How we tried...

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