Painting Czeslawa Kwoka          by Theresa Edwards (verse) & Lori Schreiner (art)

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I ~


In Brasse’s black and white photos,

you are a young girl with a round face

dropped into a flat, grey world,

26947 sewn on a striped wardrobe,

naked beneath these numbers.


What does color bring to you?

In color you move through our minds.


In color you are a movie star: Mia Farrow—

slightly protruding upper lip, swollen bottom

forms a dense shadow to your chin.       


In color you are a young woman

bleeding from within: pale skin

filters red to pink. This is the

girl you are at Auschwitz, Czeslawa.   


You are not a criminal.