as the horrific rhythm of the train
rattled along the Polish countryside.
Through a gap in the cattle track
he viewed a boy in a field
put finger to his throat meaning doom
and this was becoming a rolling tomb
as yet another person expired
in the horrific heat of the crammed "carriage"
where the reek of human waste was inbearable.
He was not fearful for himself
but holding his terrified wife and child
he looked at them with hopeless, tearful eyes
as he heard weeping and inhuman cries.
The train came to a sickening, screeching halt,
harsh German voices told them to get off.
He noticed the station was Auschwitz,
a place which had never entered his mind.
None of the family saw their home again
and now only old photographs remain,
a time before...the world became insane.