just a gypsy…

as she passed by in her traditional gypsy skirt
embroidered with sequins and coins
one man created an illusion of intimacy in his mind
while another said
beautiful yes…but she’s a 
  gypsy 
     exiled
     punishment
     harboring 
     jesus
     myth
   nazis
     systematic
     genocide
     concentration camp
     forced labor
     imprisonment
     extermination
     killed on sight
     einsatzgruppen 
     history’s largest
     mass murder
  after war
      assimilation schemes
      restrictions
      cultural freedom
      language
      and
      music
      banned
      labeled
      socially degraded stratum
      women sterilized
      state policy
had they but know her history
or that her love for country was as unconditional
as her beauty
they might have rethought their words
if not
then they are no more than fools
for seeing just a gypsy

Poem inspired by comments from http://jadepaloma.wordpress.com/

15 thoughts on “just a gypsy…

  1. I like how this addresses the superficiality of our associations when developing our impressions of one another…what would you think of me if you saw me? what would your judgement be?

    Moses485

  2. Wow… just wow… I am moved… to tears. Thank you a million times for this. May God bless you and your talent. Do keep on writing. It’s bliss to read your daily reflections/refractions of reality.

  3. I enjoy the way you’ve experimented with list-poetry as of late. It recalls Whitman, who used listing as a literary device and poetry tool, though the spacing of your form is unique, as each line break and space serves as to emphasize your point. Political and cultural study through poetry is so important and too many run from it! Glad you took this head on!

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