Your Fate is Sealed

February 9, 2011
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The cattle car stopped, our ten day trip we hoped to be through
So much hatred from a Nazi, so much hatred toward a Jew
Our belongings were taken, to where we don’t know
The pile of suitcases beginning to grow
The smell of death and burning flesh was in the air
From the moment we stepped into the courtyard square
Families departed, relatives sent to die
The others could live, oh how hard they would try
Arbeit Macht Frei read above on the gate
Many knowing what it meant, the iron sealing their fate
To the gallows with him, others to the gas chambers with fright
Heading to my barrack, I lucked out tonight
Awakening at dawn, a man dead on top of me
He’s away from the pain, he is finally free
I look around and begin to count more
Dozens lying dead on the cold barrack floor
Skinny and naked, eyes rolled back into his head
He too escaped suffering, escaped the dread
Bodies were piled, plowed away, killed just for fun
Someone’s mother, their daughter, and also their son
The fight is not worth it, my heart will not mend
Maybe I’ll die, never seeing this place again
All alone, no one but me
My God, my Savior, where can you be?
A man comes and takes me by the hand
A Nazi, a German, from that evil land
Around my neck the rope is hung
The tears held back under the killer sun
As I’m dropped to my death others are beaten and have fits
In this new home that we call Auschwitz

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loner_writer said...
Mar. 10, 2011 at 1:30 am
A disturbing time for sure, but you captured it well.
stephx4 said...
Mar. 9, 2011 at 11:08 pm
So well written, I love it.
born2dance92 said...
Mar. 7, 2011 at 9:13 pm
I really appreciate all your kind words, thank you all so much! Please recommend this to your friends! :)
FerrinSquare said...
Mar. 7, 2011 at 2:32 am
The imagery in this is absolutely striking.
ctaretz said...
Mar. 6, 2011 at 10:04 pm
Very powerful poem, very clear imagery... Good job!
darkoozeripple said...
Mar. 6, 2011 at 9:57 pm
Solid and concrete. A moving piece that is a welcome change from the usual vague slop offered as poetry.
axis_of_doom said...
Mar. 5, 2011 at 4:50 pm
Cool writing!
AutoEm said...
Mar. 5, 2011 at 4:47 pm
This was haunting and beautiful. Nice lines.
drunkongasoline said...
Mar. 4, 2011 at 9:04 am
this was haunting.  a dangerous piece that works.
darklylitwords said...
Mar. 3, 2011 at 8:22 pm
excellent...wonderful imagery and really gets to you.
writing_the_tides said...
Mar. 3, 2011 at 6:43 pm
Quite haunting. The ending was unexpected as it's not usually the narrator that dies. I would have liked to know more about the narrator, but it did serve as a composite for all victims. Well done.
myhomeiswriting said...
Mar. 3, 2011 at 6:34 pm
I believe this piece encapsulates the horror that victims of the Holocaust and it isn't written from a personal perspective. I think that's the part that makes this piece so powerful, it's a fresh take on something we all learn about in history class. It's an outsiders view of what it was like to be an insider.
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