Today, 27 January, is Holocaust Memorial Day, and a reminder of the words, ’never again.’
Rochelle has posted a sad picture for this week’s prompt, and I have gone with a Holocaust theme. I have taken a moment to reflect on the horror that took place and the complicit guilt of those who carried out murderous atrocities. Where neighbours in village after village marched men, women and children into the forests and mass burial pits.
Perhaps you can come with something more cheerful, see Rochelle’s page and read other stories HERE.
Their Souls Haunt the Forest
My mama told stories of her wonderful childhood, the happy times she called them.
My Grandpa Jacob manufactured tallit and suits which sold in the Kiev markets.
When she passed, I went to the old country and found Grandpa’s home derelict.
My mother’s magical garden had died from neglect.
Some old men remembered Jacob, and they gripped their Ekstra as the wind howled and wept through the rafters.
Their faces withered on guilty heads in response to my questions.
“We were only boys,” they said. “Jacob had smiled; God forgives.”
“Let us show you where we buried them in the forest.”