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The Eclectic Pen - First Language Loss

By: Nora F. (nora777)   + 58 more  
Date Submitted: 2/19/2021
Genre: Literature & Fiction » Poetry
Words: 105

  My father's father fled Poland
A land of fear and misery for Jews
Came to America
Where the streets were “paved with gold”
Wanted that American magic
As fast as he could get it
No Yiddish was spoken in his home!

My mother's parents spoke Yiddish in their home
She and her sister grew up fluent in it
She and my father met after his return from the war
And married soon after
When my mother and aunt
Didn't want anyone to know what they were up to
They spoke Yiddish

Before my mother died
She declared
"Once I'm gone you will never hear
Another Yiddish word"
Not quite true: so many Yiddish words
Have been adopted into English
But I'm far from fluent

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