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This poem is taken from PN Review 100, Volume 21 Number 2, November - December 1994.

Five Poems Adam Schwartzman

The Legitimizing World
I.M. Louis Berold
emigrated March 1973
(died November 1993)

Lift up your eyes round about, and see:
They all are gathered together, and come to you:
Your sons come from far away,
and your daughters are borne on the side.
Isiah LX,4

1 Aliyah
For some who say laager, veld, indaba,
there is another land even before the Old Country,
of psalms and aqueducts, secrets scrolled
away in caves or unrevealed in myth,

in godly etymologies passed through children
and grown strange in unintended places.
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