Unforgettable Memories

Again and again

The memories flood my mind,

Intense, deeply felt,

Strong, piercing,

Tightly impregnable, hard.

I am bracing myself against the wall,

Trying to unwind

In prayers!

Only this way does

The tension in me break.



It takes a long, long time

To cope, to soften the pain,

But these memories

Resurface again,

Again, and again.


I am trying to

Rescue my troubled mind

From Auschwitz-Birkenau,

The gruesome site.

I cling to hope for this memory

To unwind—to leave,

So I can again cherish my life

For a time.

by Hilda Lebedun


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