(in honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day)
The railroad tracks in my mind crisscross
Through the thick brick walls I can hear them calling my name
Now beneath those thick suffocating yellow stars is hidden our humanity.
Dreams still wrapped in brightly-colored paper
Carrying with it only this moment, this one.
Still. - Calm. - At peace.
As we pause in the bliss of a place where now chimneys only carry away the sweet scents of autumn woods
Relaxed. - Laughing. - Alive.
I close my eyes in the moment.
Or is it?
Nonetheless, I tear away the yellow star not sewn of fabric,
And as the stitches rip giving rise to a tender yet powerful sound,
Joining my family swimming away from a sea of ash.
Our lives rejoined in clouds of breath upon the crisp morning air.
A fog that allows us to write upon misty window panes:
We are Jews - We are here - We are forever alive
As we bravely journey along the always remembering
Rabbi Tad Campbell
(Rabbi Tad Campbell is a published writer and poet who holds an MA from the University of Oxford, England, the MTS from Duke, and his rabbinical ordination from the Rabbinical Seminary. He is a board certified chaplain and pastoral counselor and currently serves with Suncoast Hospice in Clearwater, Florida.)