Tylocin : Poland.

The moss covered mounds

in a forest near Tylocin

are almost conveniently forgotten

not so easily found,

no crosses here,

no stones of remembrance.


Among the trees the lamentations,

the unheeded appeals, echo yet

the cries of pain,

blood upon the leaves,

bodies falling

and the lorry departing again

for another load from the locked synagogue.


They shot the old man

unable to walk the path to the pit,

the final solution.


Today in the synagogue museum

young Poles play respectfully the wild music of the lost

grey memories haunting the peaceful woods.


Poland 2002