"Life is the dancer and you are the dance."
Eckhart Tolle

Saturday, January 8, 2011

"Arbeit macht frei" (work will set you free) writer's island #2-destiny

“I know people get tired of hearing about it, imagine what it was like living it.
If you think it can’t happen again, turn on some pea-brained Right Wing radio gasbag sometime. With their irrational fear of Mexicans, Muslims, gays or anyone not exactly like them, they tend to make people like the fanatical racist Heinrich Himmler sound as benign and rational as Mr. Rogers, but nowhere near as smart.”
By Michael McGonigle

Loaded on to a train, a bleak and dreary sky
where coldness enters every seam.
A plan set by a madman – logistics in place
Still they followed the words – superior
Extermination …

While hoping for a piece of bread,
dreaming of a drop of water.
Babies and children clinging to their mothers
men crying in pain – the beatings.
Men first, women and children last,
walk the ramp of destiny.
Annihilation of a race deemed – impure …
“Delousing here: Lice kill”
Cleanliness is needed to work our fields,
build our shelters, dig our ditches …
False hopes on a final walk,
Typhus spreading like a blanket … suffocating …
lies and coverups, pretending it’s not real
(inside the camp)
As gas is released they took their
last breaths … shortly after smoke rises
from a chimney and spreads throughout
the land


  1. Lest we forget. Future generations will not 'know' this as we oldies who lived through those years do, so your poem is a salutary reminder.

  2. Viv, I believe that "Shoah" should be a mandatory viewing in schools throughout the world. I just finished watching it for a second time in the past 15 years.
    Thank you.

  3. nicely said Pam...and certainly a reminder...I viewed SHOAH about 20 years ago....worth watching again for sure.....happy trails

  4. Hi Wayne, yes it is my second time in 15 years.
    This time I noticed some of the interviews from a much deeper and different perspective. A true sorrow that could only be felt by someone having lived through that.
    Cheers to you!