THE COLOUR OF DEATH
The feast of colour should be an etching of nature's joy
not of horror rendered forever into minds.
The nazis were thorough
versatile in their methods
for such is the pornography of cruelty
satisfaction in putting to death the innocents
pleasure at a job well done.
Arbitrary hanging was one such habit
the ending of precious lives
by choking on a rope in full view of prisoners
forced to watch
a kind of skewed privilege provided
by the superior race,
with links to medieval ritual along with garrotting
and other means to an end
less mechanized than mass gassing
the roasting of bodies in ovens,
the economy of gravity in the free fall
of prisoners shot from behind.
Mercifully these things we now watch in black and white
not as in real life, while enjoying other gratuitious delights
as provided by Hollywood in glorious colour
now taken for granted.
Mon 30th Jan 2023 16:37
Thanks Stephen. Yes lots of wartime footage is now in colour - though I don't recall personally seeing the camps in that light....
Reggie's Ghost, I didn't realize that, thanks for posting it. It is a hard task bringing such poems to the table.
Thanks Graham, I did get a compliment for that from someone also respected in the inner fraternity(shall we say) it pays to go out on a limb sometimes with a phrase I find. That's a perfectly frank and valid point you make , this is the first one I've ever posted. Where do we start. The only writer I know who went to the camps was Primo Levi (prose) but very moving.
Thanks due to Red Brick, John, Koya, Helene Holden and Stephen...
Sat 28th Jan 2023 09:15
The pornography of cruelty says it all! It leaps off the page.
Taking Reggie’s comment above, I find I cannot write anything worth posting about The Holocaust even though I have tried on many occasions.
I’m not a denier by any means but I cannot collect myself enough to capture the horror. For me it’s remembrance.
Fri 27th Jan 2023 22:20
Surprisingly this is the only original Holocaust piece so far on this Holocaust Memorial Day, (John Coopey's and mine are both re-posts.)
Fri 27th Jan 2023 17:07
A tough read but beautifully written, Ray. 'The economy of gravity' almost unbearably apposite. I must say that BBC 'Pure Drama' sometimes has its share of colourful violence.
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