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  Lieder eines Fahrenden Gesellen. - Songs of a Wayfaring Lad.
by Peter J. Oszmann
Friday, September 05, 2003

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(Inspired by the music of Gustav Mahler.)




My mother's tongue was Magyar, my father's words were too;

Magyar was the way also my Grandma used to coo.

Magyar was the melody that warmed inside my heart;

Magyar was the first poem my father would impart.

Magyar were the words uttering my first "I love you",

In the Magyar tongue I sang my own first poem too.

I felt I was Hungarian, then came the rude cue:

"Get to hell you lousy swine, you filthy, rotten Jew!"

It was Magyar hand that waved on the wagons to roll,

To spill their weary Jewish load into the hell-hole

Of Auschwitz-Birkenau. Tall, dark chimneys spewed their ash

- Like the tornado clouds - burdensome load to unlash,

Onto the morbid, overcast sky above the camp,

To fall back on the land again, forever to stamp

An indelible mark of doom over the landscape;

A stark symbol of Jewish fate, never to escape.

My mother's tongue was Magyar, my father's words were too;

My Grandma's ashes in Auschwitz… no more would she coo…

Magyar was too the anguished scream caught up in my throat,

Universal the primal pain frozen in my thought.

My mother's tongue was Magyar, my father's words were too;

Magyar was the "Red Regime" that locked us in a "Zoo"

Behind barbed wires, known as the "Iron Curtain." Oh, yes!

Magyar were all the men who caused all the new distress.

Perhaps it is nothing more, the name or my mien,

Marked me out to remain forever an alien…

Magyar was still the melody deep inside my heart,

But my mixed identity was beginning to smart.

Magyar was the Uprising that unshackled the grief,

But the relief from oppression proved futile and brief.

Magyar was the landscape I left finally behind;

To remain a true Magyar, with regret, I declined.

Now I'm an alien to carry a Jewish fate,

Forever to hope for peace; new horrors to await.

My tongue mimics my limping limbs as I walk along;

Alien is the melody as I sing a song,

Alien are the words that fall off my stumbling tongue.

My body's withered; only my soul's remaining young.

I walk in the dust but lift my spirit high above,

Hope and sing about the day when Man will learn to love.




© P. J. Oszmann (2003) Revised

Jew Be or Not Jew Be

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Reviewed by Peter Oszmann 9/27/2003
Reviewed by Claywoman

This is wonderful makes you wonder why not?

Reviewed by Sandie Angel a.k.a. May Lu

You are right Peter, men should learn to love one another regardless of race and religion.

Sandie Angel :o)
Reviewed by Helga Ross 9/12/2003
Peter, your poetry moves me to tears.
Poignant and fine, indeed.
Reviewed by Nicole Davis Vergara (Reader) 9/6/2003

This goes beyond, way beyond excellance and perfection if that is at all seemingly possible. You have given this TRUE MASTERPIECE so much of your heart and soul, and it is clearly obvious! This has touched and moved me so very deeply, and I do not think that any other piece I read here today can take any of that away. Blessings to you always!
Reviewed by Zenith Elliott 9/5/2003
Applause!!! Bravo excellent write! ~Z~
Reviewed by ya mama (Reader) 9/5/2003
bowing to you
Reviewed by Claywoman 9/5/2003
This poem, Peter, is too beautiful and heartbreaking for words! Your pride shows through this poem and your strength is phenomenol. I am more then proud to call you friend!

Books by
Peter J. Oszmann

Jew Be or Not Jew Be; The Story of a Perpetual Alien

  1. in honor of
  2. Blue Morpho
  3. Life and a Love
  4. Free Spirit
  5. Learning Experence
  6. Australian storm
  7. For Emily
  8. Water Baby
  9. Your Own Nuclear Power
  10. Traveler's Lament
  11. I'm So Happy
  12. Woodsmoke and Possibility....
  13. Defeat
  14. I Wish I Could Tell You...
  15. Eclipse
  16. Springtime Breeze
  17. Morning Thoughts
  18. larger voice
  19. Last Birthday
  20. My Scars

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