Lucy Anderton


“In a visit to Auschwitz,
Bush sets out to repair
ties strained by Iraq War.”
—CNN, June 1, 2003
Perhaps something
Has happened. Perhaps

The ashes
Descended, ringed
The man and woman posing
For Press, fingers just
Oven Doors,
Positioning a fresh cut
On the silenced
Perhaps the bone hewn
Stones that sleep (but do not
Sleep) beneath
Those tracks cracked
Under his executive
Walk, the air with a grayed
Unfolding eye finally closed
Down his throat—the fugue
Of 6,000,000
Through his lung.
And if he saw
The words carved
In the night-
shelves: “Ich bin,
Ich bin!
”— If
The sky began
To flatten
him. Later,
In the hotel bed, he takes
Off his shoes, sees
The smooth round bone
Chip wedged in the dark
Sole, prizes it out—
It is there in his palm,
Whispering, What
Have you done? What
Have you

Lucy Anderton
Stonefirst appeared in In the Arms of Words: Poems for Disaster Relief, 2005 (Foothills Publishing, 2005).
Poem, copyright © Lucy Anderton, 2005
Appearing on the Fishouse with permission
Audio file, copyright © 2005, From the Fishouse