Faye Sizemore

THE CLOSET…
WWII… A Self-Education

IWVPA Double Tap Award for War Poetry: September 24, 2006
Awarded: September 24, 2006
The Holocaust…
in black and white
… for a child reading alone
in a closet…
oh… what a sight…

Light filtering
from the tiny slanted
window above
The child was not reading
words of love

Old newspapers…
stacked and saved
… stored here
in this treasure cave

Stories of horrors and war
… words burned
into a young heart
… forevermore

Smoke used to reach
to the sky
from the crematoriums
where the bodies
were piled high

Yellowed newspapers
… brittle with age
Eagerly young hands
turned each page

Stark pictures
in black and white…
destruction caused
by a madman’s might

I still am not
able to understand
the horror
of man’s inhumanity to man