Omi German for
grandmother. My Omi
my Grandmother five years
old in Germany
an ice pick
her sister ten years chopping
to put on their
A wool uniform
A new baby
The alehouse too
A husband walking miles in his wool uniform
A doctor telling children get ice from the alehouse
A five year old a ten year old running
A mother's infected womb Germany
The Führer framed on the wall
I remember that suit, you know?
Maybe a call perhaps a telegram
--he was so big you know to me then
Fifteen miles from Frankfurt to Bad-Nauheim
and he went to speak to the doctor and
Maybe if he wasn't obligated
cool her off.
Where men in uniform would patrol streets ready for raid and then first whistle and then second organize and take citizens to shelters
Where men in uniform would patrol streets ready for raid and then first whistle and then second organize and take citizens to the shelters or just as swiftly to labor camps
Where in 1941 my Omi is in first grade in foster care her mother dead from an infection her father stationed in Frankfurt my Omi picking up pieces of shrapnel for fun
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Jacob Lancaster is a senior on the Creative Writing Track at the University of Iowa. He is an ex-intern at The Iowa Review, he has written for The Daily Iowan, and he is a current Nonfiction Editor of earthwords magazine. He is from Sycamore, Illinois. He has a record collection. He wears glasses. His mixtape "Adventures of the Octopus" is set to debut in spring 2013.
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