A single rose pinned to a pale, linen coat
Sunlight peeking through clouded days,
Birds chirping on highest boughs,
New shoes squeaking down polished hallways,
Ice cream cones melting on scorching summer days,
Children skipping through sprinklers,
High notes on pianos before the recital ends.

A single star pinned to a heavy, woolen coat,
Long rides locked inside wooden cattle cars,
Empty shoes stacked high against restraining fences,
Smoke tendrils curling upwards from brick chimneys,
Forced marches of weary feet towards unknown fates,
Bulldozed, naked bodies buried in mass graves,
Disease, illness and starvation inside forced labor camps.


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