Instructions Upon Opening

in Original Fiction and Poetry/Poetry/Visual Art by
This Life is not a Gift
It cannot be returned,
exchanged
or repackaged
It can be refound, restored and
renewed
There can be no Peace
It can’t be dreamed of,
hoped for
or wished
There can be unendless,
inspired striving
 –
You are not welcome in this
world
You are simply there
You can be thankful and keep
the silence
 –
You can be blind to the destiny
That you do not know is there
 –
You are swept away, you are
demolished
Nothing but your legs carry
you
They have no fear
Your heart pounds
And it has no fear
 –
There is horror and that is the
world
Do not let go
If the light has faded to the
dwindle of
A memory’s flicker
 –
It is all that shines
Enough to show the way
 –
In one surge forward we cover
the earth
 –
Remain where you will soon be
And don’t even think to dream
it will ever end

Adam J Sacks is a PhD in History from Brown University. He holds a Masters of Arts from Brown University, a Masters of Science (High Honors) from the City College of the City University of New York, and a Bachelor of Arts, Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa from Cornell University. In 2010, he served as an Auschwitz Jewish Center Fellow under the auspices of the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York. Long concerned with cultural responses to catastrophe and musical healing, he has engaged issues of trauma and cultural representation and production. Publications on these themes have appeared in New German Critique, the Association for Jewish Studies Journal, as well as other scholarly venues. He has served as Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of History at Brown University and now serves as Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Liberal Education at FLAME University in Pune, India.