Christina A. Sharik

LIFE SPRINGS ETERNAL

The concrete floor of the crematorium at Birkenau
The concrete floor of the crematorium at Birkenau
(Photo ©Copyright 1996 by Alan Jacobs)
Here, in this now silent,
empty, unforgotten place –
where people were numbered and counted, and
the look of hunger was common
on each face -

Here, where green grass takes hold
and Life battles its way through
memories of families of old –
Here in Birkenau, life starts anew.

Here Life proves to us again
that it cannot be stamped out
forever, because of evil men;
It comforts the Souls of those who doubt.

A bit of green between the concrete block
comes with the springtime weather, at no cost,
where even now, ghostly shadows walk;
It hallows the ground where lives were lost