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O Tannenbaum

by Dawn Manning

for Grandpa Breid


He who hardly spares a word

but for the weather, found the German

left in his tongue, and sang over the static

of ships filled with Midwest farm boys,

over the wails of Japanese mothers

burrowed into hills to warm

the naked atoms of their children; he sang

between barren mountains of bicycles

blistered thousands high, trees felled

under human snow.

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