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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.

2016-01-26
P. Wanken

Shared at Margo’s Wordgathering

Mary Cassatt’s Le Figaro

Mary Cassatt - Reading Le FigeroI didn’t exactly follow the path of life most women did from my time and place. I explored the world, leaving my hometown in the U.S. to travel Europe. The people I met and the places I lived shaped my thoughts and gave me a new perspective of my surroundings, new and old. This was not a life for a married woman. So it was alone that I pursued my art. It was alone that I made my place among the greats. However, that morning as I looked across the room at my mother reading the newspaper, I realized my independent path was not founded on my explorations. For that, I needed only to look closer to home.

a mother’s love
shown through more than kisses
lays the foundation

2015-12-29
P. Wanken

Shared at Margo’s Wordgathering