If My Grandmother Could Have Written A Postcard To The Sister Left Behind

It would be written

on sand, or on a

hand colored photo

graph of a country

with nobody waiting

with guns, no thatched

roofs on fire, no

hiding in trees after

a knock on the

door: Sister, it is

nothing like we had

or what we imagined.

There are no Jews

in the small rural

towns hardly. They

don’t spit or say

we are thieves but

it is as icy in Vermont

as days in Russia.

Lake Champlain is

not like our sea. We

are safe, we are


Recent books from LYN LIFSHIN: The Licorice Daughter: My year With Ruffian, Texas Review Press; Another Woman Who Looks Like Me, Black Sparrow at Godine, following Cold Comfort and Before It’s Light, Desire and 92 Rapple. She has over 120 books & edited 4 anthologies. Also out recently: Nutley Pond, Persephone, Barbaro: Beyond Brokenness, Lost In The Fog, Light At The End, Jesus Poems And Ballet Madonnas, Katrina, Lost Horses. Forthcoming: Chiffon, All The Poets Who Have Touched Me, Living And Dead, All True: Especially The Lies. Her web site is www.lynlifshin.com.