After the above black and white photograph by Jared Carter Who alive remembers who lived there seventy years ago? A family of WASPs set in their ways? The leafless tree in front was just a sapling then. Despair did not weigh heavy on the owner’s brow, a man who paid his taxes, loved his wife, and who in ‘44 gave up his life for freedom. Who today cares or knows how? And now the house is boarded up, its last tenants peddlers of cheap crack cocaine, its naked boards exposed to elements, its roof’s tar-paper caught in the grey blast, around it dirty snow, above it rain. The photo knows itself what it laments. —first appeared in Chronicles: A Magazine of American Culture 2006 Leo Yankevich’s latest books are The Last Silesian (The Mandrake Press, 2005) Tikkun Olam & Other Poems (Second Expanded Edition), (Counter-Currents Publishing, 2012), Journey Late at Night: Poems & Translations (Counter-Currents Publishing, 2013) & The Hypocrisies of Heaven: Poems New & Old (Counter-Currents Publishing, 2016). More of his work can be found at Leo Yankevich.com.