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The Dead Winter

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The Dead Winter

The Dead Winter (A bio of a Jewish girl’s tender soul) Abigail~ “Her Father’s Joy” Artistic kindergartner, honest, emotional, mischievous Big brown eyes Sister of Aaron, Daughter of Rosa and Shoen Lover of riding her tricycle, playing with dolls Who fears starvation, separation, severe cold Now, merely skin and bones… Heart beating faster than a locomotive Crammed into a cattle car heading to Auschwitz Her miniature teeth chattering amidst the sounds of wailing Jews Starvation distorts the echoes of the screeching train The stench of decomposing neighbors overtakes her Too dehydrated to shed a tear Nazi floodlights pierce her once beaming eyes Her dreams soon to be disinfected Vapors escape her brittle bleeding lips Fragile flesh iced as it adheres to the cattle car’s steel bars Afraid of being separated from her family once again Clinging tightly to the frozen fabrique of her grandmother’s prayer shawl All hope is lost… Her innocence is punished How could she be the eternal enemy of the Fuerher? She’ll never know Through the bitter cold and the foul smelling snow mixed with human ashes The beauty of an emerging crocus fades A scent never to be fully realized… Abigail, “Her Father’s Joy” Written for Sidney Lee Ann's Contest~ Dead Winter by Gwendolen Rix 12-10-11

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  1. Date: 1/18/2012 1:33:00 PM
    My dear, this should have been #1 really really! The horror of the truth is far scaryer than anyones imagination. This should be publish I'd send it to some Jewish Journal for Crystanaught [bad spell sorry] What can one say except perhaps you've honored all the lost with this write! Congrad's Light & Love

  1. Date: 1/16/2012 7:24:00 PM
    Congrats. Gwen on your super win, love,vie

  1. Date: 1/16/2012 11:02:00 AM
    Congratulations on your win in Sidney~LeeAnn's "DEAD WINTER" contest Gwen. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 1/16/2012 10:28:00 AM
    Wish you congratulation on your superb win, bl

  1. Date: 1/16/2012 1:47:00 AM
    A great win conggendoline ratulations x

  1. Date: 1/15/2012 10:37:00 PM
    RIX,, a wonderful win ;-) congratulations, on a poem well done,..always yours truly,..p.d.

  1. Date: 1/15/2012 10:16:00 PM
    Gwendolyn, A SUPER CONGRATS!! SORRY ABOUT THE DELAY IN MY CONTEST. MY SIS HELPED ME OUT A BIT WITH THIS CONTEST. HAVE A SWEET ONE.

  1. Date: 12/22/2011 5:26:00 AM
    Hi Gwendolen, Thank you for your encouraging and kind comments. I loved your poem. Such depth and feeling. Good luck with the contest. My second book will be out soon. I should have the website for my books up soon after Christmas and it will be www.maureenlefanue@tpg.com.au I put my poetry together with my photography to create photo books of Christian poetry. Have written over 1,400 poems. Merry Christmas! Maureen

  1. Date: 12/14/2011 8:26:00 AM
    Another wonderful entry Rix, I have not heard from my sister... her hubby was in the hospital 6 days ago... She lives 2 hours away from me, and does not answer the phone... hope she is well..i will find out when she grades her contest...oi! speaking of contest.. got to go close mine... later.... and good luck,..p.d.

  1. Date: 12/13/2011 10:46:00 AM
    There is darkness in this write as we all know what awaited Abigail at the concentration camps, Gwen. I can see how you would feel this poem is much like the one I wrote about my grandmother. The torment was shared by Jews and Catholics as well. Such a touching poem is sure to be a winner in the contest. Thanks for your kind words. Wishing you success. Love and blessings, Carolyn (Would you REALLY go sky diving with me?)

  1. Date: 12/13/2011 9:21:00 AM
    A heartbreaking reminder of the depths of human suffering, and how deep the possibility of humans to sin against their fellow man.

  1. Date: 12/13/2011 6:06:00 AM
    picture painted of the damned, murder foul in the fatherland, racial hatred ordered planned, hitlers final solution...:(

  1. Date: 12/13/2011 5:58:00 AM
    A truly emotional write at the top of the winners list I think. The best to you Gwen. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 12/12/2011 11:05:00 AM
    * "PS. * I AM GOING TO FAVOURITE THIS COMPELLING PIECE HISTORY'S REFLECTION * BEAUTIFUL GWEN * MAY WE NEVER FORGET * MY LUV ALWAYS * SARAH." *

    Rix Avatar Gwendolen Rix
    Date: 12/12/2011 11:12:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Wow...thanks lil Angel. It's one of my favs now too. I think I will develop a stronger vocab for it over time. I wanted to close the dead winter contest and wrote it way toooo quickly. ;)
  1. Date: 12/12/2011 11:04:00 AM
    this poor little girl,,,you have written this so well,,,that i to, feel her pain,,,i can imagine her being so small,,frail,,and having those deep tormented brown eyes,,,,,and to face this end,,,,that smell,,,,,that hate,,,,,,,,,,,, bring me to tears.........

  1. Date: 12/12/2011 11:01:00 AM
    * "THIS EMOTIONAL MOMENT BRINGS TEARS UNTO MY EYES * MY DEAR SWEET BEAUTIFUL LOVING GWEN * SOOO DRAMATIC & SOOO PROFOUND * THIS PRESENTATION OF A BEASTLY CRUEL MOMENT AMID TIME * REMINDS MYSELF OF PRECIOUS LITTLE ANNE FRANK'S STORY * BREAKS THE HEART BUT * LOVE SHALL HOLD THEM ALL ONE DAY AMID PARADISE * BEAUTY IN THE DEEPENED BITTERSWEET * HAPPY HOLIDAYS * MY LUV, FOREVER & ALWAYS * SARAH." *