Sixty years after the Ten Booms were dragged off to Ravensbruck, the tour guide asked my daughter to hold the triangular “Alpina Watch” sign -signaling it was safe to enter the home. I snapped a picture of Emma standing in the hiding place hollowed out of the wall, feeling strongly we had been there before. Near the Franks’ house we see Anne’s tree and hear her (our) bells ring in the nearby tower. At Westerbork the rails are bent back – no transports now, but I find us in the black and white photos of Jewish refugees.




Tara L. Carnes lives in Texas. She is a musician, poet, teacher and spiritual director. Her poetry draws on her experiences as a single mom raising a daughter, dreamwork, nature and spirituality.




“We all live with the objective of being happy; our lives are all different and yet the same.”

-Anne Frank