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Contest - MY TAKE ON THE HOLOCAUST/The Seeker

ALONE AT THE HOLOCAUST MUSEUM

rose early in the morning,
indulged in a lovely quiche lorraine,
ventured out

                        alone.

silence has a sound of its own.

yes, there was the film, my first exposure -

Kristallnacht – the night of broken glass

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the sterile space…

alone, i enter the “gas chamber” -
no one’s there, no screaming naked bodies.
the only fear is in my mind – i
must get out, feeling claustrophobic.

exiting and to my right, a setup -
a dummy behind a machine gun
my pulse quickens, throat is dry.

then to my left: hair cuttings, glasses, teeth, clothing -

my eyes hurt as i read – many children were thrown
                                                  into the ovens A L I V E.

the horror constricts my brain. horrible to imagine
one crazed serial murderer and this was an entire country.

cruelty has sharp claws, hidden behind breath and flesh
gifted by God.  monsters have lovely hair, straight teeth,
families preparing dinner, friends cheering with

CLINKING CRYSTAL.

going home, they smile, swing loved ones around,
kiss their merry cheeks,

and they R E E K with death.

10/14/2016





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Date: 4/28/2019 1:12:00 PM
You've captured the horror as well as anyone ever has. Horror beyond words, beyond feelings. (Now imagine that your relatives were gassed, and you'll know why I don't dwell much on the Holocaust. It's just too horrible to contemplate for many of us born in its shadow). Thank you for posting this. Best always, gw
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Kim Rodrigues
Date: 4/28/2019 1:19:00 PM
I can’t stand to read anything that humanizes H$#@#&! Why even write a name! It makes me sick. So many people did stand courageous in the face of the horror. Be blessed my sweet friend.
Date: 12/12/2018 6:05:00 AM
Kim, this is an outstanding write. It contains so much imagery, it was if I was there during the event described. You are extremely talented. God bless!
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Date: 12/12/2018 10:20:00 AM
Thank you so much, Valerie! <3 Kim
Date: 12/10/2018 5:43:00 PM
You have written something that concerns me since I am Jewish. I have been to Israel and seen Yad Vashem. It is too bad that other terrible things have happened since than - in Rwanda, in Cambodia and in other places. Hope you have a great holiday season. I celebrated Chanukah and went to a party and a concert during the holiday. Peace & Love Matthew Anish
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Date: 12/10/2018 6:28:00 PM
Thank you, Matthew for sharing your words. Sounds like you had a lovely holiday. I pray peace to you, Israel and all Jews. ...Kim
Date: 10/23/2017 4:20:00 PM
I thank you for writing about the Holocaust museum. i guess you went to the one in Washington. I have run into Nazism and it isn't funny at all. i have also seen survivors speak. i am Jewish but not Orthodox. i have been to israel and would recommend going there . Your poem does justice to the horrors. Shalom Matthew Anish
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Kim Rodrigues
Date: 10/23/2017 6:07:00 PM
Thanks so much and for your insight...sad.
Date: 10/4/2017 7:10:00 AM
This was written a while ago. Much about it reminds me of the Las Vegas massacre. Terrible. Which is your favorite poem?
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Kim Rodrigues
Date: 10/4/2017 7:21:00 AM
James, are you asking about which of my poems is my favorite or yours or my favorite of someone else's?
Date: 8/23/2017 7:44:00 AM
Extremely powerful. Superbly crafted poem. Encapsulates the horror and the veneer. Congrats and thanks for sharing.
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Date: 8/23/2017 8:24:00 AM
Thanks, Line! <3
Date: 4/22/2017 4:32:00 AM
Kim this is an outstanding poem, and I see here that it has won POTD, for that congratulations. A Super 7
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Date: 4/22/2017 6:07:00 AM
Thankyou, Maria!
Date: 4/10/2017 6:17:00 PM
Very involving! You painted a real picture. Its a great work.
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Date: 4/10/2017 7:56:00 PM
Thank you, Bawa!
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Date: 4/10/2017 7:56:00 PM
Thank you, Bawa!
Date: 12/29/2016 6:43:00 PM
KR, Incredible essay on an incredible subject. Did you see the Carrier Intrepid while you were there. My dad CPO Arthur Frederick Horn was killed on it in August 1956 at age of 4 and his name is on the wall. jth
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Kim Rodrigues
Date: 12/29/2016 8:23:00 PM
Wow, James, that touches my heart! I am not sure. Blessings, my friend!
Date: 10/29/2016 9:20:00 PM
Hi Kim, Your poem is so powerful and well-crafted. Hopefully, some day genocide will be an antiquated concept that no one will have to fear.
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Date: 10/29/2016 9:29:00 PM
Thank you! I hope so and agree with you, Gail!
Date: 10/21/2016 4:45:00 PM
Kim, your profound poem touched me deeply. I hope that future generations learn and never forget what happened, so that it will never happen again. It is up to parents to teach their children no matter what their beliefs are. Congratulations on your very deserving poem being honored with POTD Kim! 7 ; )
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Date: 10/21/2016 5:05:00 PM
Thanks so much, Connie! :)
Date: 10/18/2016 2:26:00 AM
very atmospheric ,paints a picture, the evil men do congrats stephen
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Date: 10/18/2016 4:12:00 PM
Thank you, Stephen!
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Kim Rodrigues
Date: 10/18/2016 4:11:00 PM
Thank you, Stephen!
Date: 10/18/2016 1:22:00 AM
Kim congratulations on your win with this outstanding poem
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Kim Rodrigues
Date: 10/18/2016 8:42:00 AM
Thank you, Broken Wings!
Date: 10/17/2016 5:55:00 PM
Back to congratulate you on your win, Kim. Hugs Eve
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Kim Rodrigues
Date: 10/17/2016 10:30:00 PM
Thank you, Eve! :)
Date: 10/17/2016 1:59:00 PM
Powerful images Kim, love the relentless feel of forcing the reader to not turn away...well done....Ian
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Kim Rodrigues
Date: 10/17/2016 10:30:00 PM
Thank you, Ian!
Date: 10/17/2016 1:09:00 PM
I can't even tell you how wonderful this poem is, ....it touched me deeply Kim. It is such a thoughtful and gentle way to write on such a delicate subject as this was. I am not surprised to see it win ! Well done, and congratulations to you. It is well deserved!!
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Date: 10/17/2016 10:29:00 PM
Thanks so much, Carrie!
Date: 10/17/2016 12:23:00 PM
I knew it would be a winner. Happy congratulations.
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Kim Rodrigues
Date: 10/17/2016 1:00:00 PM
Thank you, Janis. Blessings!
Date: 10/17/2016 12:05:00 PM
Kim, back again to congratulate you on your well-deserved Podium 2nd Place win! Hugs, Sandra
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Kim Rodrigues
Date: 10/17/2016 1:00:00 PM
Blessings to you! Thank you!
Date: 10/17/2016 11:46:00 AM
Nice job. Congrats on the win! ~Cindi~
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Date: 10/17/2016 1:01:00 PM
Thank you, Cindi! :)
Date: 10/17/2016 9:56:00 AM
Deep and dark write, Kim:) congratulations on POTD:)
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Date: 10/17/2016 11:02:00 AM
Thank you, Jo!
Date: 10/16/2016 7:53:00 PM
Kim, great write, thanks for digging deep, though painful, I felt as right there at museum. Astute observations on the megalomaniac, and his followers, and the residuals, even to this very day. Reminded me of U2 song "we eat and drink while others they die." Masada never again! Baruch HaShem.DRMF
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Kim Rodrigues
Date: 10/16/2016 8:43:00 PM
Thank you, Duncan! :):)
Date: 10/16/2016 6:00:00 PM
Congrats on POTD, Kim. Very tough topic, well done. Agnes
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Date: 10/16/2016 6:22:00 PM
Thank you, Agnes!
Date: 10/16/2016 5:20:00 PM
Kim, congratulations on POTD very deep write..
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Date: 10/16/2016 6:22:00 PM
Thank you, Eve!
Date: 10/16/2016 12:53:00 PM
Very deep & meaningful write. Loved every line. Congratulation for POTD. A7 from me.................//hugs
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Date: 10/16/2016 6:23:00 PM
Thank you, Manmath!
Date: 10/16/2016 12:22:00 PM
- Congratulations on your p.o.t.d., Kim - A powerful poem ! - hugs // Anne-Lise :)
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Date: 10/16/2016 6:23:00 PM
Hugs, Anne-Lise. Thank you!
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