Dead Typewriter

Written by: Gabriel Levicky

Gabriel A. Levicky

A DEAD TYPEWRITER
OR
1000 + 1 JUDEN VERLASSEN*

Here I go again!
The not-so blind date
With history
Narrowed my and-I-thought-they-have-seen-everything eyes.  
All I can touch 
Is 
A paper, a report
Blown in from the past. 
Everything else becomes a crippling echo.
Paris 9.4.1942
To
 Berlin.
Attention: Eichmann.

Time: 8:55 am, transport # D901/23
From Le Bourget-Drancy to Auschwitz
With 1000 Jews
Has been just dispatched.*
Each Jew received 2-week provisions.
Please confirm.

Neatly typed Pica letters report.
On a polished typewriter,
A victim of war,
Now long dead.
The earth is not round yet
And
It is not turning.
Only the past is rotating, whirling
In the autumn park carousel.
Now you feel it.
Now you don’t.


NYC, October’ 01

*Based on the found written report dated 9/4/1942, sent at 10:30 AM by an  anonymous Nazi officer stationed  in Paris
 to Eichmann 
in Berlin