RIFKAH GOLDBERG
STATELESS

Stateless but not an official
Victim of the Holocaust
Only lost everything you had
Parents, home, education, language

Except, father, for yourself
Whom you constantly sought
In the country that took you in
In the family you married into

Searching throughout the world
For what to give
Why to live
How to love

Adopted state
Voluntary joining
Apparent roots left behind
Family, formative years, culture

Looking for myself
Never feeling I have arrived
In this stark conflicting land
In the muddle of my personal life

I carry on the endless searching
For what to give
Why to live
How to love

1998