Andrew Hanin: Congratulations (Response to Tree of Life Massacre)
Congratulations on your victory.
My fear of G-D
redirected toward You.
You’ll never see me
set foot in that depressed sacred space.
Those armed guards aren’t ready for You.
You caught them flat-footed,
made them pay for their mistake.
“All Jews Must Die”
It’s going to be a lot harder to find us now.
I’ll hide my candles,
my braided bread,
my curly hair,
and my horrid hooked nose—
somehow, I’ll hide it.
I am a branch
that’s been ripped from the sturdy tree.
The trunk and roots of
my heritage and traditions –
things of the past.
I hope this bacon is as good as You say.
Andrew Hanin, age 18, is a student at the University of Pittsburgh.