If you put me in a room with my grandparents
I would not recognize them. They are
Just blurs on ancient photographs to me
Having died early
Or been banished
I am not exaggerating.
My father’s mother Gazela died two decades before I was born.
As they say
The operation was a success but the patient
Not so much.
My father’s father Moritz died five years before I was born
Just keeled over in his barbershop
Scissors stopped mid-snip.
My mother’s mother Annie spent all her days in the madhouse
Hearing spirits and afeared
My mother’s father Victor
Sadly, 32 years before I was born.