CHRIS RICE COOPER is a newspaper writer, feature stories writer, poet, fiction writer, photographer, and painter. She maintains a blog at https://chrisricecooper.blogspot.com. She has a Bachelor's in Criminal Justice and completed all of her poetry and fiction workshops required for her Master’s in Creative Writing with a focus on poetry. She, her husband Wayne, sons Nicholas and Caleb, cats Nation and Alaska reside in the St. Louis area.
Poem 739 Words Image and poem copyright by
Christal Rice Cooper
*The poet is using poetic license in having The Big Jew wear a star; Jews were not required to wear stars until September 19, 1941.
**The below scriptures from Ezekiel 37:
1 -14 are read during The Night of Broken Glass ceremony
With the hand of ADONAI upon me, ADONAI carried me out by
his Spirit and set me down in the middle of the valley, and it was full of
bones.He had me pass by all around them
- there were so many bones lying in the valley, and they were so dry!He asked me, “Human being, can these bones
live?” I answered, “ADONAI ELOHIM! Only
you know that!”Then he said to me,
“Prophesy over these bones! Say to them, ‘Dry bones! Hear what ADONAI has to
say!To these bones ADONAI ELOHIM says,
“I will make in you. You will live, and you will know that I am ADONAI.”So I prophesied as ordered; and while I was
prophesying, there was bone in its proper place. As I watched, ligaments grew on them, in
them.Next he said to me, “Prophesy to
the breath! Prophesy, human being! Say to the breath that ADONAI ELOHIM says,
‘Come from the four winds, breath; and breathe on these slain, so that they can
live.’”So I prophesied as ordered, and
the breath came into them, and they were alive! They stood up on their feet, a huge army!Then he said to me, “Human being! These bones
are the whole house of Isra’el; and they are saying, ‘Our bones have dried
prophesy; say to them that ADONAI ELOHIM says, ‘My people! I will open your
graves and make you get up out of your graves, and I will bring you into the
land of Isra’el.Then you will know that
I am ADONAI - when I have opened your graves and made you get up out of your
graves, my people!I will put my Spirit
in you; and you will be alive. Then I will place you in your own land; and you
will know that I, ADONAI, have spoken, and that I have done it,’ says ADONAI
The Big Jew With The Mathematical Mind*
November 10, 1938 1:20 a.m.
100 percent German.
100 percent Jewish.
100 percent Rich.
100 percent Big.
Six feet, four inches tall, 225 pounds.
in an Orvis Steinbock Tyrolean trench
purchased at Stein’s Mens’ Dress Shop
for ten German golden marks.
It was after midnight
1:20 a.m. to be precise,
standing outside his bank
Jacquier and Securius,
valued at over five million German
just around the corner from Gerber’s
In the leafy Grunewald district,
on Number 5 Rosenstrasse,
near the Red Castle,
and the Neve Synagogue,
where he had just come from
with his employees,
to pray for deliverance
from the darkness he knew
He had a lifetime warranty
on the windows of glass
from France Meyer & Company,
but never had to use it.
His bank of glass,
like a piece of meat, bloody,
ground into shards of glass insects
the reflections of their fires,
His trench coat looked more like a
than a wealthy Jew.
But he felt the six-pointed star,
embroidered into the lapel.
All ye vermin, come!
Come into the city block!
His four employees
jumped like grasshoppers
into the city block,
crushed together holding each other’s
Vermin in the trench coat!
Into the city block!
It took three men to overpower him.
He labeled them by height
Nazi 1, Nazi 2, Nazi 3.
They tied him like a dog for fighting
to a 12 x 12 cement block
weighting 59 pounds
made at the Heidelberg Cement Company
located at Number 40 Rosenstrasse.
straighter than a vertical line,
stiller than stone-
Twenty five lashes for resisting.
he couldn’t tell how tall he was,
and looked into his eyes,
cut off in certain places,
Like a diamond.Cut.
The glass crushed beneath his boots.
After four lashes,
Stop!You want me to
Well, we’ll have to start over, won’t we?
Eight more lashes.
Stop?You want me to
The Nazi with the cut off eyes
added two tablespoons salt,
two tablespoons pepper
to his back,
like a rack of sacrificed lamb.
He was dragged away
by Nazi 1 and 2.
Nazi 3 and the man with the cut off
carried the concrete block.
Neither the sacrificed lamb nor the
were ever seen again.
*The poet is using poetic license in having The Big Jew wear
a star;Jews were not required to wear
stars until September 19, 1941.