Unravelling and weaving, sometimes simultaneously

For Livi

On the days that I sat by you
watching your fingers fly
on the calculator keys
you told me stories

I marveled that a woman
so tiny
so beautiful
had survived things
my imagination recoiled from
when only a child

There was hunger
and frostbite
there were nights with no bed
there was fear
there was loss
there were nightmares when sleep came
and all your family gone

Yet, here you were
a butterfly
an angel
your wings still full
and spread to embrace
everyone
and all life’s joys

I learned more from you
than how to add numbers
on those mornings

I witnessed the embodiment
of grace
and felt humbled
in its brightness

(c) RCGA
For Livia Gal, survivor of the Holocaust in Budapest and Hungary.

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