Tales from a Child of the Enemy

Tales from a Child of the Enemy

by Ursula Duba

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ISBN-13: 9780140587876
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/28/1997
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 5.14(w) x 7.88(h) x 0.43(d)

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The Child of the Enemy

my Greek friend comforted me
when she heard
that my father died
she knows how it feels
to be five thousand miles away
and not have anybody to cry with

she rushes to my house
with homemade bread
a chicken dish
flavored with rosemary and thyme
she puts her arms around me
and I cry into her shoulder

my Greek friend remembers
the occupation of her land
by my people
she remembers wounds and scars
of her people tortured by Nazis
men taken away
never to return
mass executions
in her native village
in the mountains of Greece

when Iraq is bombed
and I tell her
how enraged I am
at attacks on civilians
no matter what the reasons
because I remember how it feels
to be a child of six
and live in a city
hit by carpet bombing
surrounded by adults
half crazed with terror and hunger
and when I tell her
how it feels
to crawl out from under
after an air raid
to look down the street
and see whose house was hit
and how I cannot forget
adults whispering in horror
that phosphor bombs
missed the railroad station
and hit the slums instead
and people running through the streets
like living torches
screaming
until they jumped
into the river
to drown themselves

my voice chokes
and tears run down my face
my Greek friend does not comfort me
when she sees my tears of rage
at more suffering of civilians --
my Greek friend leans back
and I see in her eyes
that I am the child of her enemies
she remembers the atrocities
committed by my people
in her native village
in the mountains of Greece

Reprinted from TALES FROM A CHILD OF THE ENEMY by Ursula Duba; Copyright (c) 1997 Viking/Penguin

Table of Contents

The Child of the Enemy
1(3)
Carpet Bombing
4(2)
The Easter Bunny
6(2)
A Slice of Bread
8(4)
A Child's Dream
12(2)
Being Groomed for Higher Education
14(6)
My First Orange
20(2)
Ruins
22(3)
The Good Old Days
25(3)
The Victims
28(6)
Aunt Selma
34(7)
Blind Date
41(8)
Family Secrets
49(6)
The Sundial
55(3)
The Baker's Story
58(4)
Still Looking
62(5)
As You Wish Madam
67(5)
If Only I Had Known
72(3)
How I Learned to Cook
75(3)
Her Friend Sophie
78(4)
The Price of Gold
82(4)
Still Haunted
86(3)
In the Shower
89(4)
The Golden Childhood
93(7)
They Kept Asking
100(3)
The SS on the Trains
103(2)
Guests of Honor
105(8)
The Old Woman
113(6)
The Socialist
119(6)
My Cousin Theo
125(6)
Das Thema (The Topic)
131(4)
Weather Report
135(4)
Footbinding
139(5)
Who Knew the Murderers
144(5)
Not Fixable
149

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