My Grandmother Refuses to Confess Her Sins    by Oriana Ivy

My Grandmother Refuses to Confess Her Sins by Oriana Ivy

In Warsaw in summer of 43,

one year before Auschwitz,

she got pneumonia

and was expected to die.

A priest making hospital rounds

urged her make confession.

Furious, she managed to gasp,

“Me? Make confession? Why?

Let Hitler go to confession!”

And to spite Hitler, she lived.

© oriana ivy, 6.5.14

ORIANA IVY: BRIEF BIOGRAPHY

Oriana Ivy was born in Poland, and came to this country when she was 17.  Her poems, essays, book reviews, and translations include Poetry, Ploughshares, Best American Poetry, Nimrod, Spoon River Review, The Iowa Review, Black Warrior Review, and many others. She’s the author of three prize-winning chapbooks: No Longer Mine (Sow’s Ear Press), April Snow (Finishing Line Press) and From a New World (Paper Nautilus). A former journalist and community college instructor, she leads the San Diego Poetry Salon. Her poetry-and-culture blog, oriana-poetry.blogspot.com, has gained an international audience.