I will call him Asher

a single light

in a mirror

reflecting a candle

in a cave of darkness

and among one-point-five-million

tiny mirrored lights

 

I will say he came from Austria

a single light

in a mirror

reflecting a candle

in the depths of darkness

and among one-point-five-million

tiny mirrored lights

 

I will say he was thirteen

a single light

in a mirror

reflecting a candle

in wells of darkness

and among one-point-five-million

tiny mirrored lights

 

I will say his bar mitzvah

was fresh in his young heart

a single light

in a mirror

reflecting a candle

in chambers of darkness

and among one-point-five-million

tiny mirrored lights

 

I will say he was but a boy

of flesh and blood and bones

a single light

in a mirror

reflecting a candle

in darkness’s abyss

and among one-point-five-million

tiny mirrored lights

 

I will say he, Asher Zaffrin, is remembered,

my one among one-point-five-million

tiny mirrored lights against the darkness

 

Karla Linn Merrifield

Karla Linn Merrifield, a nine-time Pushcart-Prize nominee and National Park Artist-in-Residence, has had 700+ poems appear in dozens of journals and anthologies. She has 14 books to her credit. Following her 2018 Psyche’s Scroll (Poetry Box Select) is the newly released full-length book Athabaskan Fractal: Poems of the Far North from Cirque Press. Her Godwit: Poems of Canada (FootHills Publishing) received the Eiseman Award for Poetry. She is a frequent contributor to The Songs of Eretz Poetry Review, and assistant editor and poetry book reviewer emerita for The Centrifugal Eye.

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