The Train Cars Groan

The train-cars groan as they are
filled to capacity and beyond
with men
with women
with children
who are being relocated to
their new home
their new jobs
their new reality

The train-cars groan
but not from the weight of the load

The train-cars groan as they
speed along the track
click click
click click
click click
progressing from the start
to the eventual finish of the journey
knowing that this is
merely one trip of many

The train-cars groan
but not from the weariness of many miles

The train-cars groan
as the passengers disembark
scared
confused
weeping
and as they are met
by the men who came to meet them

The train-cars groan
but not because not one passenger thanked them

The train-cars groan
as they read the sign
above the gates of the new town:
Arbeit Macht Frei

The train-cars groan
because they know
that there will be “work”
but the “free” is quite clearly a lie

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Arbeit Macht Frei – The sign above the Nazi deathcamp of Auschwitz.  Translation is “work makes free”.  This sign could not have been further from the truth for the countless number of men, women, and children who walked through those gates – many of whom were murdered in the gas chambers before they were even given a chance to “work”.  And those who were sent to do labour were worked, literally, to death.

NaBloPoMo Day 12 – Written in light of the fact that yesterday was Remembrance Day – and written in dedication to the millions of innocent men, women, and children who were casualties of hatred during Hitler’s reign of terror over anyone whom he didn’t like.

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Sharing this with dVerse for Open Link Night on Nov.17