Travelers in Muteness

Today’s prompt asked us to use only words in a single news article. I chose an artilce from The Atlantic on a group of Palestinian students who visited Auschwitz. The words gave me a somber poem for Holocaust Remembrance Day.

A Palestinian Student Defends Her Visit to Auschwitz by Zeina M. Barakat


travelers in
death camps
in a voyage
shadows and shackles

palestine poland israel germany
memorized suffering

students, a crack,
free in moderation
(al-Wasatia in Arabic)
to climb inside
the Holocaust
jews palestinians
at the other person
palestinians jews
you are the other person
walking in the shoes of the other
(oyakudachi in japanese)
dared the road to peace

– Kay Winter

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