As laconic waves lap the shore,
Children’s laughter catches the breeze;
And seagulls’ cries pierce the sky.
In the moment before it happens,
No one notices the clouds overhead
Casting shadows on the ground.
Recently, I saw an old photograph—
A typical summer beach scene:
Two young blonde women lean over
A railing in modest bathing suits.
They look out over the crowded beach
Toward the soft clouds on the horizon.
Everyone seems happy. Everyone
Exists in the moment, oblivious
To the candid moment they are in.
The caption reads: Germany, 1936.
It could have been any day;
It could have been today.
*(historical note: Dachau opened in March, 1933)
(October 15, 2018)