Fall 1991 • Vol. XIII No. 4 Poetry |

Life Indestructible

                      for Etty Hillesum                         (1914-1943) 1 It might have been the voice of Christ, Clear and winnowing: We should be willing to act as a balm for all wounds. All winter I've slept and labored With those words.Etty, you've haunted me—I can't stop hearing your voice, The last valiant line of your diary, Unshakable: We should be willing to act as a balm for all wounds We should be willing to act as a balm We should be willing to act We should be willing . . .  2 Your voice, Etty Hillesum, A young Dutch Jew Avid to weave a self Whose ardent story Refuses to end In bleakness, The final seep of ash,Refuses to end With your cloaked, anonymous death— 3 Like a wave long embedded in your body—Your urge to kneel, To bear witness— Dear "thinking heart of the barracks," When you started your diary One loutish spring, in an occupied

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