And in That Drowning Instant

A. M. Klein


And in that drowning instant
as the water heightened over me
it suddenly did come to pass
my preterite eternity
the image of myself intent
on several freedoms
fading to
myself in yellowed Basle-print
into ghetto-Jew
a face among the faces of
the rapt disciples hearkening
the raptures of the Baal Shem Tov
explaining Torah
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