Kristallnacht Dreams

abandoned - margo roby promptKRISTALLNACHT DREAMS

My home was
abandoned the night
hell broke loose—
not my dreams.
Concentrating on them helped
me survive the camp.

I dreamed of
having a baby
of my own.
Not a doll,
but being a grown woman.
Married. With children.

Years passed…I
would think about the
doll I had
left behind,
wondering if anyone
found her and loved her.

Or did they
hate the baby doll
as much as
they hated
the Jew who’d loved her first? Would
I ever be loved?

Now, watching
my granddaughter with
her baby
girl, I am
crystal clear on this: never
abandon your dreams.

P. Wanken

Shared at Margo’s Wordgathering


    1. Thanks, ViV! ❤
      Between "abandon" being the word given with the image, and the image itself…hard not to feel the depth of sadness. I kept up with stanzas of shadormas until I could get to a happier place!! 🙂

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  1. The way you chose to break up the lines in the end causes for a double meaning reading…”my granddaughter with her baby girl,” and, “girl, I am crystal clear on this: never abandon your dreams.” Neat! I’m not sure if that was intentional but I love it! Good to see you, Paula! ((hugs))


    1. Kim–thanks for stopping by, and for leaving the comment about my poem “hitting home”. I’m always grateful to know my words connect with others. As for the “pun” — wordplay is a favorite of mine. So…thanks! 🙂

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