I’ll Leave a Poem or Two

By | 1 July 1999

in memory of Primo Levi, an Auschwitz survivor

I’ll leave you nebbich poems like these
Made to be read by five or six readers.
—Primo Levi

I’ll leave a poem or two some teeth for no-one’s
mouth old books newspapers and cufflinks
a broken bust of Beethoven a silver wedding ring
fashioned into honesty-leaves. I was true.
I’ll not leave a cellar full of vintage wines dusty
bottles lying on their sides stocks and shares
and their dividends. I strived for something more.
Not to be shouted over roof-tops not to be crammed
into letter-boxes. This poem make to be read
by five or six readers.

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