Expulsion – Poles – 1939 by Christina Pacosz

by Leslie Anne Mcilroy


Somewhere in South Poland

A young woman pushes a two-wheeled farm cart

A design in use since Sumerian times     Horses

have been mustered into the army and are being slaughtered off camera

by German tanks   So she is the beast of burden  

Two young boys are fleeing with her      One has

a crutch under his left arm   He doesn't let this impediment stop him from helping the woman –

his mother his sister – guide the cart    The other boy – his brother – pushes a child's pram

We can't see if there is a baby inside or provisions   Both boys are barefoot

At first glance the pumpkin could be mistaken for feather bedding   A giant  And two others   

That squash would win first prize at any fair It must be

Warm for September  The woman's arms are bare    She has something on

her feet to help her down the dirt road but it isn't clear   Just what   The anonymous Wehrmacht

soldier who took this photo can    Never be forgotten  He was attracted to the woman – a  hunch

–   because she is young and beautiful   Not a busia in rags   Her hair is thick and dark  She has a

fine-featured face   We can't see the sweat beaded on her upper lip

The leaves are thick on the linden lining the way


Christina Pacosz Montserrat Missouri May 3 2009.JPG

A native Detroiter,  Christina Pacosz’  poetry/writing has appeared in books, anthologies, literary magazines and online journals for half a century. Notes from the Red Zone, originally published by Seal Press (1983) in their anti-nuclear series, was the inaugural winner of the ReBound Series  (Seven Kitchens Press, 2009). How to Measure the Darkness launched Seven Kitchens Summer 2012 Limited Edition Chapbook Series. She lives with her husband in Kansas City, Missouri with Mr. Kitty, their former street cat.