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Grey Sparrow Journal

Issue 30, July 31, 2017
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Bones Die Hard

 

 

 

They killed them in the shower rooms,

Gassed them with Zyklon-B

Through a grate in the ceiling

At Auschwitz, Buchenwald, Treblinka—

When they opened the metal doors,

They found them in a naked pyramid.

 

Sonderkommando pulled them out,

Piled them up, and put them in ovens—

The crematoriums smoked night and day

With clouds of souls escaping toward heaven

Leaving their bones,

Skulls in the ashes.

 

The ash still floats down like ghosts,

Settles on our shoulders

As we remember

Bones die hard.

                                    

-Emory D. Jones