16/6 for the separation allowance—
3/3 for the personalization of the headstone.
The star came free, courtesy of the Pale
and Pound’s Stepney, East.
Your blood ran from the Tsar’s army
to fight the Kaiser’s,
your April Fool’s death added rimshot
to the war’s punch line.
Sharp-faced, soft-mouthed Rosenberg in your pink ties,
you painted yourself insolent, photographed shy.
You never knew the worth of anything but your own words.
You cast a bantam’s shadow,
© 2020 Sonya Taaffe