Mudcat Café message #3965827 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #165334   Message #3965827
Posted By: Donuel
10-Dec-18 - 06:05 PM
Thread Name: BS: Vehicle exhaust pipes
Subject: RE: BS: Vehicle exhaust pipes
O the chimneys
on the carefully planned dwellings of death
When Israel’s body rose dissolved in smoke
through the air –
To be welcomed by a chimney sweep star
Turned black
Or was it a ray of the sun?

O the chimneys!
Paths of freedom for the dust of Jeremiah and Job –
Who dreamed you up and built stone upon stone
The path of smoke for their flight?
O dwellings of death
Set out so enticingly
For the host of the house, who used to be the guest –

O you fingers
Laying the stone of the threshold
Like a knife between life and death –
O you chimneys
O you fingers
And Israel’s body dissolves in smoke through the air!

O die Schornstein

10 years ago I made a painting of the nightime chimneys of Aushwitzith illuminated smoke that formed the hebrew letter y


Nellie Sachs wrote the above poem and won the peace prize today