Spark by Hannah Senesh
Translated from the Hungarian & edited by
Thomas Ország-Land (July 2017)
A spark burns out when she ignites a flame.
She is fulfilled in a flame igniting a blaze.
I would give all for a blaze to light up the hearts,
to light up the world, to raise a hope for life.
My cell: just seven steps by two. I can even tell
how long my life will last: two days at the least.
I won’t be 23 in July. I knew the risks.
The stakes were high. I played for life. I lost.
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THOMAS ORSZÁG-LAND is a poet and award-winning foreign correspondent who writes for New English Review on Europe and the Middle East. His last book was Survivors: Hungarian Jewish Poets of the Holocaust (Smokestack, 2014) and his last E-chapbook, Reading for Rush Hour: A Pamphlet in Praise of Passion (Snakeskin, 2016), both in England. His work appears also in current issues of Acumen, Standpoint and The Transnational.
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