Night of broken glass


On this night of broken glass,

of fragile safety

held by a too-slender thread,

the yellow sun slips over the edge

into the dark half of the year,

leaves behind scattered shards

of steel-sharp, star-sharp light

in water buckets

and ice crisp in the furrowed fields.

On this night of broken,

iron-hook crosses,

moon floats above the edge

of the dark line between now and when

the bone-pale shoots will curl

their fingers through the cold earth,

like the dead resuscitated.

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Jane Dougherty

I used to do lots of things I didn't much enjoy. Now I am officially a writer. It's what I always wanted to be.

16 thoughts on “Night of broken glass”

      1. That’s why the synagogue killings and all the stuff coming from the White House hits me so hard. It has nothing to do with if a person is religious or not–it’s just senseless hate.
        I’ve been thinking of Kristallnacht all day, but I haven’t had a chance to write about it today–so thank you.

      2. What I find most disturbing is that antisemitism is simmering below the surface everywhere and it needs so little to spark violence. There are east European countries (Poland and Hungary for example) where the state authorities more or less encourage it. In Austria and Germany it’s strong. In France we’re not allowed to say so but the rise in antisemitic attacks comes from the black and Muslim groups. It’s one reason why I don’t go in for cheering when I hear someone has been elected and isn’t it wonderful that they’re Muslim. No. We shouldn’t need to know, and if they wear their religion like a badge of honour, I see red.

        I wrote this thinking just night and darkness, and when it was finished I thought how it resonated with the Kristallnacht. Just needed a tweak.

      3. Yes, you are so right about all of it. There’s fear of and opposition to anyone who isn’t white (and according them, Jews aren’t). Usually anti-women, too. But the anti-Semitism goes back centuries–as you say, simmering. And it is a global thing.

  1. How true, I wish it would be safe to say it will never happen again. There is so much bad feeling about. Why, why the Jews …. No answer is there. We are not civilized enough to live together, even yet.๐Ÿ’œ Fantastic poem ๐Ÿ’œ

      1. It always astonishes me how people can have such very definite ideas about religion, the rules you have to follow, the rituals and the prayers, but hardly anyone has a clear idea of what God means.

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