This poem is taken from Stand 221, 17(1) March - May 2019.

Donald Levering Two Poems
The House Where Hitler Was Born

House Gives Austria a Headache – BBC News headline

How to acknowledge Hitler’s birth house
confounds the Minister of the Interior.

To keep the house vacant
the Minister pays its owner rent.

Behind its padlocked garden gate,
neglected hollyhocks abound, cross-pollinate—
pink with cream centres, white with blue fringe.

Some wish to ignore it.
Just board it up. People will forget.

Some imagine its hollyhock garden
with a plaque to the victims of fascism.
But among them a dispute brews
over whether the inscription should be
both in German and Hebrew.
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