Carlos Reyes The Tenants of the World

We leave the house

kiss our fingertips, touch

the mezuzah

at the right side of the door.

During “the evictions”

the man of the house

before it was knocked,

planted a kiss

on the door post.

Each passing family

member kissed tips of fingers

traced the outline

of the missing mezuzah . . .

When the Irish peasant,

his family and possessions

were set out on the street . . .

When Jewish families

were taken

from the shtetl . . .

They must have known.

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