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




“Stone” first appeared in In the Arms of Words: Poems for Disaster Relief, 2005 (Foothills Publishing, 2005).