Pretending (c.1940)

The little that Joseph recounts of Czechoslovakia

includes the black magic of his blond hair

blue eyes as admission to a Nazi Party meeting

                       their agenda

                                                      he imagines any exemption

                                                      we have so much respect here we 
                     are safe here silently Jews

Emrick and Walter will be fake Lutherans

                                 go to fake Lutheran school

                                 learn fake Lutheranship

maybe Jesus’ hand will wipe our faces Aryan