Academic journal article The Virginia Quarterly Review

Mother and Daughter with Apples

Academic journal article The Virginia Quarterly Review

Mother and Daughter with Apples

Article excerpt

In the attic at 6 De Lairessestraat,

skillful young men work under low light.

In their hands: pens, carbon paper, blades.

An attic in Amsterdam, 1942,

where the false identity cards are made

for Jews, or men

slated for forced labor in Germany.

Small apples drowse uneaten on a table;

a thin woman is hungry but will not eat.

With her daughter, she has come for cards.

Her husband has been taken.

In the attic, a good man in a black sweater

braces her with his large hands.

He is giving her all his strength

to keep her from shaking.

She has just cried and, in a moment,

will cry again. Her daughter

looks directly into the lens,

the beginning of a smile on her lips:

sitting sideways in a chair, her hands

rest calmly on its curved back. …

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