who will go free, who will remain
in the hands of Evil, in the house of Death?
what sins do you measure, how do you compare
the lives of a 4-year-old girl, a 9-year-old boy,
what do you weigh for or against them
what confession must they make
for which they atone with survivors’ guilt
and traumatic memories?
who will die, what measure do we use
to free them and ourselves from this nightmare,
the agony of weighing one life against another?
Do you weep, Matir asurim, while you edit the Book of Life?