‘Coming Out,’ a Holocaust Villanelle by Susanna Rich The Society December 12, 2015 Culture, Poetry Free me from wars? Make my debut? Oh, Mr. Handsome G.I. Joe— your face and a blanket won’t do. Sift flour from Mama’s ashes, melt glue from Papa’s bones. Knead them into dough— free of wars, rising for my debut. Am I marble pale and girlish thin enough for you— brave young generalissimo? Will my face in your blanket do? My spent seeds stare from the dew— oblige me a new womb, my flow— free of wars, making my debut. Long years I yearned for this rendezvous, my Savior, my Private, my American Beau— your face scratchy, your blanket too. Beautiful women wait back home for you, nothing to ask for, nothing to owe— free of wars, making debuts. Your blanket, my face—dead, white, and blue. Susanna is a Fulbright Fellow, Emmy nominee, and receiver of the Kean University Presidential Excellence Award in Distinguished Teaching. As founding producer and principal performer of Wild Nights Productions, LLC, she tours ashes, ashes: A Poet Responds to the Holocaust.” Her poem about the Holocaust memorial in Budapest, “Shoes Along the Danube Promenade,” won the Ekphrasis Poetry Prize. She is author of Surfing for Jesus, Television Daddy, The Drive Home, and The Flexible Writer. Featured Image: “Victim of fanaticism” by Nikolay Pimonenko. Views expressed by individual poets and writers on this website and by commenters do not represent the views of the entire Society. The comments section on regular posts is meant to be a place for civil and fruitful discussion. Pseudonyms are discouraged. The individual poet or writer featured in a post has the ability to remove any or all comments by emailing submissions@ classicalpoets.org with the details and under the subject title “Remove Comment.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.