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    A Smile At Auschwitz

    After seeing the twitter post of the young girl smiling at Auschwitz I was compelled to write the following poem. I in no way wish to endorse her actions or to diminish the atrocities that happened there. My only hope is to give a different perspective, one of tolerance.

    A Smile at Auschwitz

    A smile at Auschwitz? Oh no, never! Revere at all cost
    The tragedies, the humanity lost,
    Mourn only this horrendous loss . . .
    Brings me back to another time,
    A family’s death and it was mine.
    What mother hasn’t sat and wept,
    Whose children by her side
    Ran and hide and laughed
    While alone she cried?
    What mother’s heart hasn’t ached to say,
    “This sacred ground is not a place to play”
    But instead kept still
    Knowing her words would not serve their will
    Knowing their innocent laughter does not belie
    The many tears they’ve yet to cry
    Or diminishes the respect they feel
    But embodies the hope
    That someday we too will heal.

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