POETRY

September 21, 2014 Poetry , POETRY / FICTION

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By

Ilona Martonfi

 

A blind sister’s funeral

 

April 28, 1944 – April 16, 2014

 

On a cold April day

 

small white flowers bloom

yellow dandelion weed

 

spring has come to Potters Road,

muddy Otter Creek, oak and beech

 

the Tillsonburg Cemetery family plot

appear small among cornfields

cerulean blue sky

 

the entire village arrives

to walk behind my sister’s coffin

 

an old neighbour woman

wearing black cotton kerchief

 

song sparrows keen Ibolya Eva.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thistles of the Baragan

 

 

How many dispossessed?

 “Class enemies”

for many long years

Baragan Romanian Gulag

 

white sun, white sky

uninhabited —

 

“You have three hours

to pack your belongings!”

Grandfather Ludwig’s sister, Anna,

brother-in-law, Peter,

labeled as kulak,

lands and animals confiscated.

Ethnic cleansing of Banat villages.

Blotted out, displaced.

 

Rattling of steel wheels.

Where to? For how long?

Windowless cattle wagons.

Wolf carcasses. Steppe bald eagle.

Line ending at Gura Ialomitei station.

Pale pink and yellow blossoms

cotton plantations. Lucerne. Wheat fields.

Treeless. Motionless

dust and drought

constant blizzard wind

dugout smelling of earth,

the roof knotted with reeds.

 

Country of violet thistles.

 

It’s as if nothing exists beyond.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ilona Martonfi Author of two poetry books, Blue Poppy, (Coracle Press, 2009.) Black Grass, (Broken Rules Press 2012). Published in Vallum, Accenti, The Fiddlehead, Serai. Poet, editor, teacher. Founder/producer of The Yellow Door and Visual Arts Centre Poetry and Prose Readings, co-founder of Lovers and Others. QWF 2010 Community Award.

 

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