Living Twice

July 21, 2020

By Dalianny Corporan

Ripped apart
Clothes and families
Clinging hands break
Not one belonging to take

Running wheels
Crowded inside
Tears running from their face
No idea where they’d be place

Auschwitz, Belzec
Prison uniform waiting
Stolen shirts, skirts, and shoes
Adults and Children wish they knew

Chelmo, Majdanek
In labor
Bones thinning
Sun blazing

Ivan the Terrible
Brought to justice
After 70 years of corruption

Here in America
Discriminated against
For darker eyes and curly hair
Children are taught to be aware

The youth hides against hatred
They must be quiet once again
Like in their old home
Now in the land of the unknown

Dalianny Corporan’s poem was a winner of the Combat Anti-Semitism Movement’s Emma Lazarus Art Award.