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May 23, 2020


Beautiful.Touching. True.

I can relate to this "birthday" poem...I too have my birthday on May 22 ( haven't found many others that share this date). And my parents, recently passed, were of the old world. They often spoke in german/yiddish that i could almost understand, as you write. That generation of the old world was known as survivors of ills perpetuated by evil. Now I face another threat...the virus... They would worry, yes.
i can hear the same concern as your parents. Ane, yes, I expect to make it to May 22, 2021!
thank you for this.

A beautiful poem, Hilton! Next year we'll party! xxx Bill Z.

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