Haunted Dreams

August 16, 2008
By Eloise Penman, Maidstone, ZZ

All those buildings left empty, waiting for more,
Cradled the doomed within their four walls,
The train tracks lay rusting, unused for years,
Watchtowers stand guard so no-one may leave,
Remains of gas chambers in which hundreds died,
Stripped of their dignity and human rights,
Memories of those places, created for death,
Bring haunted dreams, so I'll never forget.

The author's comments:
I visited Auschwitz when I was 12 years old, and the feelings I felt about what I had seen inspired me to write this poem. I hope my poem will make readers think more about the value of freedom, and exercise their right of free speech to do some good!

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