Wandering in Tashkent
by Evelyn Posamentier

far away grandfather’s
stay in the land of POWs
inmates barter cigarettes
while descendants dream on
in another continent.
it was a short life, yours.
what a suffocating history.
a wide shot lays out the scene.
a horrible whiteness, dry throat.
sandstorms, much sky. centuries.
an overlit world where the sun explodes.