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Odessa 1920

Updated: Jul 10, 2023

My grandma got out of Odessa

hiding in the hay—

of a wagon into which


soldiers stabbed

pitchforks in—

again & again...


when I sneezed in September

she told me with a grin:

“That’s why you have hay fever,

from the fear I felt when they—

stuck pitchforks in the hay.”


by Kenneth Goodman


Ken Goodman mates ecstatic meditation & poetry creation in Cleveland, Ohio.



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