Desecration of Death: A poem in honor of the Jewish people buried in Philadelphia and St. Louis

     Police say more than 100 headstones have been vandalized at a Jewish cemetery in Philadelphia, damage discovered less than a week after similar vandalism in Missouri. (Emily Cohen for NewsWorks)

    Police say more than 100 headstones have been vandalized at a Jewish cemetery in Philadelphia, damage discovered less than a week after similar vandalism in Missouri. (Emily Cohen for NewsWorks)

    A poem in honor of the Jewish people buried in Philadelphia and St. Louis

    Desecration of Death

    A poem in honor of the Jewish people buriedin Philadelphia and St. Louis

    Wake upTo the desecration of death

    AncestorsOur SistersAnd mothersNeighbors and brothers

    And ourFinal resting place

    Disrespected

    Bitter hatredA message, that our dead are dirtyThat we do not deserve a resting place

    That the symbols of our peopleAre an Offense the white-ness of theSpine-less they must be christ-lessIf their truthIs our painOur deathsatisfactionOur memory, our culture, our ancestorsA threat

    Invisible symbols of bloodDripping down our hebrew tombstonesReminds usOf fear and the pastOf Pogroms and of Gas

    And we look on nowOur hearts breakingOur lungs emptyOur legs shaking

    And we look to eachother,And our peopleAnd those who stand with us

    And togetherWe will tryTo keep onbreathing

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