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Shoes at the Holocaust Museum

Dusty, corralled by clear walls
of plexiglass, they smell of age,

the violent polish of pain. Red,
mismatched, many, owned

by the women who wore
them, sophisticated, matching

lipstick to dress, never
imagining that by the quiet end

of one day they would
be nameless. Nothing

but animals, wrapped in skin.
Nothing but flesh

cowed under a frozen cloak
of fear. Bodies

seeking warmth from each
other, in the crowded

car of a terrifying train
tearing into night. Soft red

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