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Letter to My Ancestors: Haibun

#Haiku Happenings #8: Merril’s latest #haibun for #dversepoets and Colleen’s #tanka Tuesday #poetry challenge!

Update: and for my current #haikai challenge!

Yesterday and today: Merril's historical musings

You who came before me–how I wish I could ask you about your lives. My mom tells me stories, but there is so much she doesn’t know, and now much she has forgotten. Of course, I want to know what it was like to live in what was then Russia, to be a Jew there—the terror of pogroms and the ordinary day-to-day problems you learned to live with, until you no longer could. But I also want to know what did you eat? What did your house look like? What games did you play as a child? How did you feel leaving your homeland, traveling first to England, France, Germany, or Italy before finally reaching Philadelphia or New York? You had so much drive and determination. In my mind, I see the many generations that came before me. I see practical, no-nonsense individuals, and yet, I wonder how many were…

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