Shoes

The challenge at Real Toads today is to write a poem inspired by shoes.  I’ve chosen to write about the shoes of Auschwitz, tens of thousands left behind by the victims.

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walk in our shoes
a march to the grave
wrists bearing tattoos
walk in our shoes
never again excuse
or sing a tyrant’s praise
walk in our shoes
a march to the grave

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13 thoughts on “Shoes

  1. This one digs right into the soul. It reminds me of the shoes they keep on Ellis Island. The first time I saw them, I cried until my throat hurt. I was angry and hurt for what humanity does to itself. Seeing these shoes, reading your fitting words… well, it touches something inside. Especially now, with the way things are.

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