The Shoe


The brown shoe, distorted by the woman who had worn it

In happy times and sad

became my focus on the day I went to Belsen

With my Dad.

The massive graves which looked like houses

to a little girl of seven

Contained so many bodies it was difficult

to comprehend….

Like looking round a gallery at many famous paintings;

In the end they blur into one another

and you can’t appreciate any of them

as much as you would if you were shown only one.

And so, when we went in to the hut containing

belongings of the dead

I cried for the woman whose foot had distorted

the leather.

And now, 59 years later, I still remember that woman

and her shoe.


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Irene Kidney
    Jan 27, 2017 @ 10:35:01

    The picture of so many shoes tells a sorry tale, these precious people lost their lives without a valid reason. God bless the Jews and he will!


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