O the Chimneys

Nelly Sachs


And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God.—Job 19: 26

O the chimneys
On the ingeniously devised habitations of death
When Israel’s body drifted as smoke
Through the air—
Was welcomed by a star, a chimney sweep,
A star that turned black
Or was it a ray of sun?
O the chimneys!
Freedomway for Jeremiah and…
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