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It is happening in Syria. It seems our species cannot get enough of horror and cruelty. The constant defining and demonization of "the other." You can even see the ungerminated seeds of a holocaust right here in America -- "Obama is a Socialist, Muslim" and on and on.


The Photograph

Zelda Pratelbaum was a hoot

a jeweler's touch with blintzes

a bad wig a dead husband

"the looks of a movie goy,

great humor, laughed, you don't


always holding my forearm

not afraid to remind me of


showing me photos of herself


from albums stacked on a

gilded coffee table

David Pratelbaum Photographer

stuck under yellowed scotch tape

I made repairs

She paid me in blintzes

I protested

She paid me in blintzes

I protested

Our freezer full of

white boxes of blintzes

Above Mrs. Pratelbaum's sofa

were photographs

lots of photographs

city winter scenes

a cocktail party

a black and white giraffe

just one that looked like

a shot of relatives

The photographer

not David Pratelbaum

old scratched worn

I asked if they were Relatives

she showed me more

naked pictures


we ignored

A family standing

under a fruit tree

lawn and stone home

falling behind

all holding suitcases

No one looks into the



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Kevin is (writing about yourself in the third person (illeism) is a trip) an artist/writer/carpenter and frustrated songwriter living in Johnson City, Texas. His latest frustrating songwriting attempt is titled, "I Touched the Hand That Touched (more...)

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