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ALONE AT THE HOLOCAUST MUSEUM

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 S H A T T E R S 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: 6/13/2021 12:52:00 PM
Kim, Your poem is exceptionally thought- provoking and touching. I had to catch my breath while reading it. It's a remarkable compostion. The last line is sheer genius. Hugs, Paul
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Kim Rodrigues
Date: 6/14/2021 6:26:00 PM
Thank you, Paul.
Date: 3/6/2021 9:01:00 PM
Wow, I feel like I was there with you. Traveling through history and considering these people's lives who carried out such horror and those who were victims to them. Vivid and emotional.
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Kim Rodrigues
Date: 3/7/2021 5:58:00 AM
Thank you. It was quite an experience and surely not even close to the horrors experienced in the Holocaust. God bless!
Date: 2/25/2021 8:58:00 AM
WOW! That was beautifully written. It gave me chills. You may not be aware, many aren't, but we, the USA, gave those monsters sanctuary here under the "Paper Clip" program. We wanted their scientists and had to take the whole lot. As you point out, the rest of the people turned a blind eye and, thus, are also guilty. Thank you for writing this.
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Kim Rodrigues
Date: 2/25/2021 2:57:00 PM
I haven’t heard that before! I will have to look it up! Thanks for your comment, Ann!
Date: 11/16/2020 3:40:00 PM
An excellent piece. Kim: It is true that evil can come from the least expected places. That is what makes it so scary and unpredictable.....Man is the darkest beast. I especially like how you wrote the word shatters, I hope this poem is read far and wide. Well done, SuZ
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Kim Rodrigues
Date: 11/16/2020 6:23:00 PM
Thank you so much, Suz!
Date: 11/12/2020 6:36:00 AM
Kim - I think saying I loved Alone at the Holocaust Museum is not a true statement. However your words, form and description made me go cold. And that's what it's mean to do isn't it.How brave of you to go, I don't know that I have that kind of courage. Well done. Karen Steele
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Kim Rodrigues
Date: 11/12/2020 1:47:00 PM
Thank you, Karen! I don’t know if I’d want to visit the actual places though to keep the memories of souls who died in such a place.
Date: 11/12/2020 12:10:00 AM
For deep Poem I loved it, I went to the Mall and visited that Mueseum and your depiction is spot on. Thank you.
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Kim Rodrigues
Date: 11/12/2020 1:45:00 PM
Thank you, Dexter!
Date: 11/11/2020 7:35:00 PM
I read this poem several times. This is a brilliant poem! Its emotional power is also its moral power. Whether we think of the holocaust or not, the ghosts of this genocide follow us and as you say, we come to terms with this "alone." Thank you & please keep writing!
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Kim Rodrigues
Date: 11/12/2020 1:45:00 PM
Thank you so much, Thomas! The museum sure made an impact. Perhaps the quietude was the other layer as so many died. The men, women and children.
Date: 11/11/2020 11:10:00 AM
I'm so glad this poem was highlighted now you are a lifetime member - we should never ever forget the atrocities of the holocaust - excellent ink Kim, thanks for sharing this outstanding piece of poetry:-) hugs Jan xx
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Kim Rodrigues
Date: 11/11/2020 5:51:00 PM
Thank you, Jan! The museum sure made an impact. We must never forget those who lost their lives to the Holocaust.
Date: 11/11/2020 10:41:00 AM
I could not make that visit! Your description is beyond my imagination yet it HAPPENED. How in God's name can folk refute it, yet they do. I must read more of your work soon. Blessings. D.
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Kim Rodrigues
Date: 11/11/2020 5:52:00 PM
Thank you, Dave, for reading my poem. Tears still for those that went through these horrors.
Date: 11/11/2020 10:32:00 AM
Kim..excellent....I almost fainted when I heard Bidens healh choice said lives of people over 75 are not worth living. He, himself is Jewish. So all you wrote above Coukd happen again. Why not. We kill babies by the millions daily. Biden says no vaccine for old people.Ach tung! I wrote a poem about the pressures on Orthodox Jews ByCuomo ...nobody cared. They keep Judaism suppressed. Just as in Auschwitz. Jews are no longer safe. No Yeshivas, no synagogues. Never again is being eroded, fast. PR
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Kim Rodrigues
Date: 11/11/2020 5:54:00 PM
If we don’t remember or care we are doomed to start this all over again. My parents are in early 80’s and have taken great care of their bodies. Just because they have fallen ill doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be cared for. God is watching.
Date: 11/11/2020 10:26:00 AM
Congrats on becoming a Lifetime member of Poetry Soup, Kim... This is an awesome poem. Your sensitivity toward the unutterable tragedies of the Holocaust gives me hope for humanity. Thank you. Blessings, Gershon
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Kim Rodrigues
Date: 11/11/2020 5:55:00 PM
Thank you, Gershon for the congrats and comment. God bless you and yours always!
Date: 9/28/2020 8:45:00 AM
wow Kim.that so be fits the experience..you truly need to go out for air when visiting..this poem is so sadly poignant and well said..when we went as a family many years ago,some guides were survivors and shared their branding with our then teenage daughter and her friend. We will never forget, nor should we..
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Kim Rodrigues
Date: 9/28/2020 1:33:00 PM
Wow! The impact a truth makes! Very sad indeed. We should never forget but there are those who deny facts. Thank you, Nancy.
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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Kim Rodrigues
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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Kim Rodrigues
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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Kim Rodrigues
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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Kim Rodrigues
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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Kim Rodrigues
Date: 4/10/2017 7:56:00 PM
Thank you, Bawa!
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Kim Rodrigues
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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Kim Rodrigues
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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Kim Rodrigues
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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Kim Rodrigues
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!
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