POEM: I Want to Remember my Past

 Written by Itta Keller Benhaiem

itta-storyI want to remember

I want to remember my past,
To see before my eyes
The image of my parents,
The house I grew up in
The shteitel where my family lived for generations.

I don’t want to remember my past.
I am afraid of what my memory
Might bring forth
I wonder
If I can go on living
What I wanted to forget.


Originally written in Hebrew by Itta Keller Benhaiem
Translated into English
Last Updated ( Monday, 19 December 2005 )

Previous Comments

written by lily vioglia, February 24, 2009
it is so sad a child had to go through something like this
written by Serina Miller, January 25, 2008
I wanted to cry when i read this…..it’s so sad a child had to go through that!!!
written by Deidria Miller, November 02, 2007
This is an amazing poem that captures the emotion of this young child.
written by Linda Simon, May 12, 2007
This is a wonderful poem — it truly captures the dissonant co-existance of longing, fear and hope

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