Above Auschwitz

Pretend for a moment
you are the creator
of the universe,
which is easy to do
if you will visit Youtube
and find the footage
of a manmade drone
flying above Auschwitz
on the 70th anniversary
of its liberation.
Your view will be unpopulated
by the events of the 1940’s
but if you use your imagination
it will be clear by the double
barbed wire fences
this place was unkind
to bone and blood and breath.
And while you soar
try to imagine
what it must have been like
to see it all below
yet fold your arms indifferently
as you listened
to the hopeless masses
pray for bread
and mercy and deliverance—
or a one minute reprieve
to rest their tired feet.
The scene is accompanied
by music –
appropriately melancholy
which brings you to tears
and makes it impossible
for you not to be moved
or sickened
or compelled to believe
there was no god to care
or hear, or intervene—
which is what you would have done
if all the power in the world
were yours.

DeMaris Gaunt

Published by demarisgaunt

I currently live in Greenwood, Indiana. I love to listen to music, books on CD, podcasts or NPR as I work in my studio.  My favorite artists are Andrew Wyeth and Edward Hopper. I love poetry, but only the good stuff that isn’t so abstract I can’t understand it. Abstraction better lends itself to visual art, I think. Stephen Dunn is my favorite poet. He’s said just about anything that can be said about the inner workings of the heart and mind. My favorite novel is Atonement by Ian McEwan. My all time favorite band is The Cure. I love science, and anything that relates to how the mind works. I don’t believe in the supernatural. If I could meet anyone in the world, it would be Richard Dawkins or Steven Pinker. If you don’t buy my art or read my poetry, buy one of their books. It will enrich if not change your life.  My favorite things to do are hiking, kayaking and camping. My favorite food is so common, I’ll keep you in suspense (It starts with a P). I prefer chocolate to vanilla. Green is my favorite color. I have an aversion to planning or scheduling of any kind, and I live for spontaneous adventures! Telephone conversations make me anxious, and I avoid them at almost all cost. I had a happy childhood. I’m having a pretty fantastic adulthood. I have every intention of seeing my 100th birthday, after which I will happily relinquish my guts to the future of medicine. Cheers! ~DeMaris

3 thoughts on “Above Auschwitz

  1. Have you read Elie Wiesel? He was a Holocaust survivor who wrote of his experience in several books including one called: Night. He describes one horrifying scene of a young boy hanged for stealing a bit of bread to feed his starving father. I won’t betray the story, but the reflection on the question, “Where is God?” is compelling.

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