On Story`Telling

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They told the neighbors
not to talk to us anymore
We were not to be trusted
not that we were untrustworthy
simply that we were not Japanese
In war even friends are enemies
so the neighbors watched
our comings our goings
with keen suspicions

When the war ended
those neighbors found it
hard to look us in the eyes
children cursed behind fences
when we walked past to the train
on our daily way to our school
At the market the old man
stared down at my pear
as if it was a grenade

We were young then
too young to understand
the ugly sociology of a war
How fear makes mice out of men
makes bigots of one’s own friends
all for the sake of foolish politics
Of nations seeking empires
won but by brain`wash
kept but by terror

“I believe in the democracy of storytelling . . .
I don’t know of a greater privilege¬†
than being allowed
to tell a story, or to listen to a story. They’re the only thing

we have that can trump life itself.” ~ Colum McCann


About Peter Notehelfer

I'm a retired people person who now finds the time to watch the little details of the world without worrying about being watched by anyone . . . I live on an Island north of Seattle with my wife named Ellen, a yellow dog named McGee, a yellow cat named Gatzby, and four fine chickens . . . I read fiction, bake bread, smoke salmon, and fish whenever the weather allows . . . Oh, and yes, I try to write a poem every day simply to avoid senility!
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4 Responses to On Story`Telling

  1. John says:


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  2. deuxiemepeau says:

    so poignantly told Peter.

    Liked by 1 person

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