The rabbi would read off the names of the congregation he used
††††††† to head
and as he read aloud each name would add: "Dead!"
A note of satisfaction in his voice
that he was still aliveó
feeble in body and feebler still in mind.
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POEMS 1918-1975: THE COMPLETE POEMS OF CHARLES REZNIKOFF Copyright © 1977
by Marie Syrkin Reznikoff and reprinted with the permission of Black Sparrow Press.