Refugee Children by Mori Glaser - Twist in Time Literary Magazine
A small refugee child hides inside her head holds on to the horror she brought in the small leather suitcase that was placed in her hand when she last saw home. Years stop by – smile at puppy fat – no wrinkles in her mirror. She orchestrates a motley choir sharp eyes claim friends and enemies as her ownmother daughter sister or god forbid lover. We atone for being born safe in a new era. Attached to the fate she escaped a lifetime ago she changes the world one breath at a timetil another day has passed in the Promised Land without her parentswho she left at a train station when her father the hero sent her awayto stroke her pain as she used to stroke his bald headas her mother stroked her sleek hairbefore their warm corner of the world was set on fireand one train took her to an unknown place while another train took them to a place she would never knowbut in the small dark hours still sees so vividly. Another refugee child lives inside metugs at my hand, wants to go home peeps around corners to see who’s therecalls out to shadows from half-imagined memories Take me back to our places which I have never seen. Give me back the life that was taken from you. In daylight I resist my ghosts polish their mementos of silver and woodhang their pictures near my own in case I forgetand start to live their uncompleted lives. At night restless spirits find my dreamswant to lead me toward their light. Go sleep now I tell them. No train will come to take me to a dark unknowable place.Each bright morning I spend on this earth I wake from my past as I never quite wake from theirs. ____________________________________________________________ Mori Glaser grew up in Britain and moved to Israel 35 years ago. She has blogged and written for non-profits. Since the age of 60, Mori’s poetry and flash have appeared in various journals including: Eunoia Review; Unbroken; Akashic Books web series Thursdaze; Vine Leaves Literary Journal coffee table collection of vignettes; Between the Lines Anthology of Fairy Tales and Folklore Reimagined; The Molotov Cocktail’s 2017 Shadow Award (3rd prize).