(((A Reminder))) by Erin Kirsh

(((A Reminder)))

that the airbnb we left
      in El Raval          the one run 
by     S U P  E R H O  S T S (voted
by hundreds 
      of other travelers)
                  had a swastika on the fridge
and across  						the board      F I V E
         S T A R ratings.

that we did not make
        a bureaucratic fuss, I spoke

with the host first
                              who gave no 

satisfactory answer         

 ~I T   I S A   J O K E ~ between my husband + his dead 

that you can still stay there 
today, if it isn’t 

booked up       it is

 		 as a rare accommodation.

It is not 

as rare
                             as one 
                             might hope.

Erin Kirsh is queer, Jewish writer and performer living in Vancouver. A Pushcart Prize nominee, her work has been published in The Malahat Review, EVENT, Cosmonauts Avenue, Geist, and The Molotov Cocktail, where she won their Shadow Award for poetry. Visit her at www.erinkirsh.com.

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