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In 1892

 

the Historische Commission für

 

Geschicte der Juden

 

in Deutschland

 

published its volume 2:

 

5 narratives

 

of ‘shit’ that had happened

 

to Jewry

 

in Germany

 

during the late eleventh

 

and twelfth centuries

 

at the hands of Christians—

 

pilgrims making their way

 

to the Holy City

 

held hostage

 

by infidels and

 

Saracens

 

 

 

 

It only took

 

796 years to give voice

 

to the voiceless of 1096

 

walked upon

 

and wasted

 

along the way

 

to al-Quds

 

 

 

 

Maybe if the dead

 

had been listened to

 

in earnest before

 

1892

 

 

 

 

 

then

 

there might

 

not have been

 

such a

 

blitz

 

to

 

incinerate

 

6,000,000+ stories

 

50 years

 

later

 

 

 

Not much happened really

 

in 1892 save for

 

volume 2

 

 

 

 

And

 

nobody really

 

bothered to buy

 

a copy

 

 

 

 

yet alone

 

read it

 

 

 

Nobody bought a copy

 

Nobody read behind

 

 

 

the signs

 

and Cambodia was burnt

 

and Bosnia was bombed

 

and Rwanda was butchered

 

and

 

the Congo

 

and

 

Angola

 

and

 

El Salvador

 

and

 

East Timor

 

and

 

Sri Lanka

 

and

 

Mexico

 

and …

 

 

 

 

 

 

After 1096

 

the Jews waited

 

 

 

for the Messiah

 

they searched

 

 

 

their times for the signs

 

of the Ancients

 

 

 

 

as Gog and Magog went to war

 

out on the plains of the Edomites

 

and Sodomites

 

and Ishmaelites

 

 

 

 

the Jews stayed behind

 

and bound

 

themselves to torah

 

to the ‘Adir ‘Adirirum

 

eyes to the ‘Akedah

 

knives to flint

 

 

 

 

necks stretched

 

naked in wait

 

willing to be

 

 

 

 

opened

 

blood to go

 

out

 

 

 

to mark sacred

 

spaces: to

 

 

 

 

sign forever

 

fidelities

 

in books

 

to the One

 

True

 

One and so

 

 

 

 

secure Life for those to come

 

 

 

 

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